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Founder and Executive Director

Phone: (612) ***-****  
Email: f***@***.org
Local Address:  Mpls , Minnesota , United States
Isuroon Gallery
3416 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis , Minnesota 55408
United States

Company Description: Isuroon is a culturally appropriate education, communication, and advocacy organization for Somali women and health care providers. Founded in 2010, the agency...   more

Employment History


  • masters , public health
    Walden University
  • B.A. , business - project management
    Capella University
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Preventive health care is difficult for ..., 22 Sept 2015 [cached]
Preventive health care is difficult for women who live in poverty and are busy raising children, said Fartun Weli, executive director of Isuroon.
"Women are not a priority - everyone else is," she said.
Weli is a Somali immigrant with two decades of medical experience and degrees in business and public health. When she experienced infertility, she couldn't find a place to talk about the issue in terms of both Somali and Western values. Weli said it's traditionally taboo to speak publicly about reproductive health, though women always find a way to tell each other stories in private. In 2010 she started a support group on the topic of infertility, giving women a place to talk about fallopian tubes and irregular periods.
"What they most need is that emotional support," Weli said.
Deyo partnered with Weli to interview women who had given birth first in Somalia or refugee camps and later in the U.S., to learn about the differences in their experiences.
"The core of the work we do is knowing these differences," Weli said.
Weli said she's met plenty of health providers who care, but don't understand the culture and don't have enough time to build meaningful relationships. Lessons in Somali culture are not part of most doctors' training requirements, Weli said. Unless providers are given the time and money to learn, it won't happen, she said.
"It's treatable, but our community did not know," Weli said.
Isuroon also pays attention to health issues in Somalia.
According to UNICEF, the child and maternal mortality rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world. One out of 10 children dies before their first birthday, and one out of 12 women dies due to pregnancy-related causes. Weli attributes the poor survival rate to war, malnutrition, and a lack of facilities, staff and good blood banks.
"There is so much power we have and strength," Weli said.
Our Mission | ISUROON, 17 May 2015 [cached]
Fartun Weli Executive Director Founder
At right, Fartun Weli, of ..., 9 May 2015 [cached]
At right, Fartun Weli, of Isuroon, prepared for a U seminar on female genital cutting.
In Minneapolis, Fartun Weli enlists a congressman to condemn female genital cutting in a YouTube video.
“The issue needs to be raised from the horse’s mouth,� said Weli, head of Isuroon, a women’s health nonprofit in Minneapolis. “There’s a leadership role we as a community have to take on.�
Weli is here to tell the future physicians that patients like her need thoughtful care, not pity. Yes, this ritual can complicate the milestones of a woman’s life: the first period, the first sexual intercourse, the births of her children. Weli sometimes refers to it as genital mutilation, the term favored by activists.
But cutting becomes a part of women’s identities, and Weli tells the students, “You learn to live with it.
Meanwhile, Weli got Rep.
Fartun ..., 15 June 2015 [cached]
Fartun Weli Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Fartun Weli
Fartun Weli is the founder and executive director of Isuroon, a nonprofit with a mission to help Somali women build self-sufficiency and maintain healthy lives. Isuroon is committed to improving the health and upward mobility of Somali women in Minnesota, and promotes health and empowerment for Somali women through health education, communication and advocacy to create policy change. In Somali, "Isuroon" means an independent woman.
Prior to founding Isuroon, Fartun was an application analyst for Park Nicollet Health Services, and an integrated medical record specialist and health unit coordinator at Methodist Hospital. Fartun holds a B.A. in business - project management from Capella University and a masters in public health from Walden University. Certificates: The politics of IT Project Management, Self-Mastery: The Key for Thriving in the New Normal & Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).
Fartun Weli | View all posts ..., 19 July 2014 [cached]
Fartun Weli | View all posts by Fartun Weli → Isuroon | Fartun Weli
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About Fartun Weli Fartun Weli is the founder and leader of The Isuroon Project, a health-support initiative for Somali immigrant women.
From the Minnesota Daily: Last legislative session, Fartun Weli authored and lobbied for a bill that would help eliminate Somali women's reproductive health disparities.
Fartun Weli hopes her experience helps Somali women facing infertility to strip away any shame.
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