Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa VanGetson APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Laura Wentworth APRN, DNP, CNS

Third Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN


Mental health issues affect the quality of life of the Somali community who live in Minneapolis, MN. The primary purpose of this quality improvement project is generate mental health awareness among Somali youth living in Minneapolis through interviews on the stigmatization surrounding the metal health problems within their community in order to increase their awareness of proper treatment. The quality improvement project employs interviews to develop findings that were used to develop themes that might be used in help guide the practice of advanced practice nursing. The developed themes include vulnerability, cultural, and religious worldviews, lack of access to health insurance, unemployment, possession by spirits, stigmatization, fear of the perceptions from the society about mental health concerns, the fear of being labeled as being insane as well as avoidance of shame to the family. The Somali youth that participated in this project were presented based on the levels of knowledge, the basic understanding of mental health problems, and how to access appropriate treatment for mental health. The project also provides a discussion of the potential challenges that nurse􏰂s experience in their efforts to increase access to proper mental health treatment for immigrants, specifically Somali immigrants. The project also discusses the Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes and Advanced Nursing Practice that are identified as the essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006). Finally, the project explains the future steps in relation to mental health awareness, the expansion of the project and areas for further research. In summary the quality improvement project clarifies the misconceptions about mental illness, and provides mental health awareness to Somali youth with the aim of increasing their knowledge an access to proper mental health treatment.


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