The Reminder for Readiness (R4R) team at the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), and Amy Susman-Stillman, Ph.D., research associate at CEED and R4R project director, were recently featured in an article published in the Minnesota Daily. The article highlights a new text messaging system created by R4R that promotes child and family well-being in the Cedar-Riverside community.
The text messaging system includes short audio messages– in English and Somali– that remind parents to get their children immunized. The goal of the project is to ultimately erase the barriers between the healthcare system and immigrant communities.
“Somali is not traditionally a written language, so the researchers opted for audio messages,” Susman-Stillman said. “In order to create culturally sensitive material, the team of researchers consulted several members of Minneapolis’ Somali community.”
R4R partnered with People’s Center Clinics and Services in order to present the community with accurate information from clinic experts.