Isuroon is a grassroots organization working for the health and connectedness of Somali women and girls so they and their families can thrive in Minnesota and globally. With us, women and girls build their own health and wellness, economic self-sufficiency, community engagement and leadership.

Isuroon partners with health care professionals to promote wellness and decrease health disparities. For policymakers and the broader Minnesota community, we are the go-to source for data and cultural competence on a wide range of issues affecting women and children of Somali descent.

Our nonprofit grew out of the Twin Cities’ Somali community and is led by the very women we serve. Listening drives our priorities — in meetings, collaborations with organizations of faith, community-based participatory research, and face-to-face conversations. We’ve earned our reputation of trust by empowering Somali women to improve their lives.

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* 1. Position

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* 2. Gender Identity

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* 3. Pronouns

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* 4. Ethnicity

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* 5. Years of Work Experience in Healthcare

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* 6. How would you describe your medical knowledge related to Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Also Known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

Female genital mutilation is classified into 4 major types.

Type 1: this is the partial or total removal of the clitoral glans (the external and visible part of the clitoris, which is a sensitive part of the female genitals), and/or the prepuce/ clitoral hood (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoral glans).
Type 2: this is the partial or total removal of the clitoral glans and the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva), with or without removal of the labia majora (the outer folds of skin of the vulva ).
Type 3: Also known as infibulation, this is the narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the labia minora, or labia majora, sometimes through stitching, with or without removal of the clitoral prepuce/clitoral hood and glans (Type I FGM).
Type 4: This includes all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g., pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.

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* 7. How would you describe your work experience with women who have experienced FGC/FGM-related physical or mental discomfort/s?

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* 8. What Types of FGM have you encountered? Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 or Type 4?

Female genital mutilation is classified into 4 major types.

Type 1:  this is the partial or total removal of the clitoral glans (the external and visible part of the clitoris, which is a sensitive part of the female genitals), and/or the prepuce/ clitoral hood (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoral glans).
Type 2:  this is the partial or total removal of the clitoral glans and the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva), with or without removal of the labia majora (the outer folds of skin of the vulva ).
Type 3: Also known as infibulation, this is the narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the labia minora, or labia majora, sometimes through stitching, with or without removal of the clitoral prepuce/clitoral hood and glans (Type I FGM).
Type 4: This includes all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g., pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.

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* 9. How many patients have you worked with who have experienced Female Genital Cutting FGC?

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* 10. How many of the patients experienced the less invasive external genital cutting?

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* 11. How many patients came to see you having had the more invasive internal genital cutting?

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* 12. What type of medical complications have you experienced that you think are associated with a woman’s experience of FGC? (Check all that apply)

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* 13. How would you rate your professional experience related to issues related to providing FGC healthcare in  your local community?

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* 14. Why did FGC patients come to see you?

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* 15. Have patients shared concerns with you regarding any of the issues below?

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* 16. How would you rate your knowledge of all of the medical FGC/FGM services and supports that are available to adequately treat the needs of women who have experienced FGC/FGM (e.g., cosmetic gynecology, vaginal rejuvenation, and other processes and procedures including mental health services)?

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* 17. How would you rate your knowledge of the FGC/FGM-related procedures and supports that are covered by healthcare insurance?

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* 18. How would you rate the adequacy of your/your facility's referral process to mental health resources and/or supports for women who have experienced FGC/FGM?

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* 19. Have you done any reading/studied/continuing education on issues related to FGC?

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* 20. Which issues do you see as cultural contributions to the ongoing practice of FGC in some countries?

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* 21. Do you have resources within your facility to support patients dealing with FGC issues?

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* 22. Do you have a list of external resources within the community/driving distance that are experienced in and provide supports to women dealing with FGC issues?

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* 23. What information would be helpful to you regarding FGC?

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* 24. If you could share with the medical/healthcare community just one aspect of FGC/FGM to always keep in mind when treating women who have experienced FGC/FGM, what would it be?

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