EMBARC’s focus on empowerment is based on the principle that lasting support systems and solutions come from within. As the collective voice of different ethnic groups from Burma, EMBARC strives to address shared issues, and work together towards common goals to uplift all communities.
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- Collaboration on a health disparities project that resulted in a basic healthcare resource guide translated into Karen and Burmese.
- Participated in a language access to health care community assessment to increase awareness of the barriers to accessing health care.
- Spoke on Rob Dillard’s “Being Southeast Asian” series on Iowa Public Radio about refugees from Burma in July 2012.
- Ongoing housing advocacy for community members at Douglas Terrace and other apartment complexes.
- Advocated at the Des Moines Public School Board meeting to change busing policy to allow more refugee youth access to transportation to school.
- Invited to present at the University of Iowa’s Refugee in the Heartland Conference on April 4 – 6, 2013.
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- Provide linguistically and culturally appropriate workshops and orientations to ethnic community members throughout Iowa to increase understanding of U.S. culture and systems.
- Conduct presentations to Iowans statewide about the culture, history, challenges and strengths of our community to facilitate integration and build vibrant inclusive communities.
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