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Understanding Alcohol Use in the Karen Community

The International Institute of Minnesota (IIM) is an interracial, nonpolitical, nonsectarian social service agency founded in 1919 to serve both foreign and native-born clients. Refugee resettlement staff and case workers have identified high alcohol use within the Karen community as affecting the daily stability of their Karen clients. Although alcohol use has been identified as an area of concern for this population, there is a lack of information available to assess the scope of the problem. Kaela Glass, a joint degree student in the School of Social work and the Humphrey School, will provide an understanding of the scope of alcohol use in the Karen community, the attitudes and beliefs surrounding alcohol, problems stemming from overuse, and recommendations on how to address it. The results will be used to determine how IIM will address the problem.

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