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New ICANPD Coordinator Will Work with Somali Community in Willmar

By Cassie Silveira, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition, EFNEP 

Family Development is happy to welcome Kenya McKnight Ahad as the new Coordinator for the Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes program — I CAN Prevent Diabetes (ICANPD).

FD’s ICANPD program team has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health to offer sessions across Minnesota since 2014. Now the team is adapting and piloting the ICANPD curriculum for a Somali community in the Willmar area. Kenya will be key to ensuring that this new project is a success. She will coordinate delivery of 16 initial sessions and six followup sessions for Somali ICANPD participants in the Willmar area.

Kenya comes to this position with a wealth of coordination and project management experience in both the non-profit and government sectors. While much of Kenya's work will be in the Willmar area, she is housed in Coffey Hall in St. Paul. This is scheduled to be a temporary position through 2016. Kenya joined us on January 26. Please say hello to Kenya when you see her!

Editor's note: For more on I CAN Prevent Diabetes in the Willmar area, see Cultural Adaptation of Diabetes Prevention Program Continues.
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