Moniheli works to promote health equality for immigrants and foreign language speakers. The Terkku project aims to develop culturally sensitive outreach models to prevent non-communicable diseases among immigrants from African and the Middle Eastern countries. The project is funded by the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA) (2020-2022).
Terkku project's outreach work is carried out in cooperation with Moniheli's member organisations as well as DIAK and Laurea Universities of Applied Sciences. Students of nursing, health care, and business interpretation visit member organisations to design, test, and evaluate different models of culturally sensitive outreach work. This includes encounters with the target group at various low-threshold events and occasions.
If you or your organisation could contribute to the Terkku project, please contact Terkku Project Coordinator, Lauren Stevens (+358 50 544 11 22, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read the blog posts written by the students of the spring 2021 outreach work period here!
Cultural mediator training
During the project, Terkku will organise two cultural mediation training courses for professionals of a immigrant background who are working in the health and social care sector. This is in cooperation with Heed Association Finland.The first training took place on 30.11.2020 and the second will take place on 1-2.11.2021.
The cultural mediator training is a supplementary training for professionals of an immigrant and/or multicultural background in the field of health and social services. The aim of the training is to strengthen professionals' competence in multicultural and culturally sensitive work, to strengthen participants' ability to use their own multicultural background and competence in their work, and to provide tools for dealing with different multicultural clients and ways of dealing with racism in the workplace.
Professionals who attend the training will have the ability to work as experts in multicultural work in their own work community.
The trainer is Emmaculate Tamankag, who is a lecturer in nursing at Laurea University of Applied Sciences. She is also Chairperson of Heed Association Finland and Moniheli. She has years of experience in multicultural work in the health and social care sector.
The training is available in both Finnish and English. The training is free of charge and coffee and lunch are included.
Results of the first cooperation forum
The first cooperation forum took place on 17 September 2020 as a remote event on Zoom.
Cooperation forums are one of the key activities of the Terkku project. The aim of the cooperation forums is to bring together the project's target group, immigrant organisations, organisations and professionals in the health and social care sector, and others working to promote the health of immigrants. These actors come together in the forum and become field experts by working together on ideas on how to carry out preventive work on non-communicable diseases through outreach work with immigrants.
During the project, three cooperation forums will be organised - in autumn 2020, autumn 2021, and autumn 2022.