Shanna Miko

CGHSR Scholar in Refugee and Population Health

Shanna Miko portrait

United States

Shanna Miko is a DNP Candidate for Health Innovation and Leadership at the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing. Miko is the inaugural recipient of the CGHSR Scholars Program in Refugee and Population Health and is devoting her year to work with the UN Agency for Migration in Kampala, Uganda under the mentorship of Sarah Hoffman with the School of Nursing.



"As a CGHSR Scholar in Refugee and Population Health, I was working in Kampala, Uganda, collaborating with the UN International Organization for Migration, the CDC, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. I am working on projects to maximize refugee health outcomes in the United States Refugee Admissions Program. These projects include expanding the capacity of the nursing staff through standardizing nursing practice and developing permanent health education and developing and operationalizing a standardized health and hygiene curriculum for resettling refugees."



The CGHSR Scholars Program in Refugee and Population Health creates an opportunity for a University of Minnesota doctoral student to pursue projects that work towards solutions to one of the world's largest global health concerns—migration. According to the United Nations, "there are over 258 million migrants around the world living outside their country of birth." This number increases demand on healthcare resources for both migrants and host communities, as well as international agencies. To support this need, CGHSR also works through our UN Migration Agency Project that trains health providers abroad to help ensure that US-bound refugees receive proper health screening, arrive safely and have a more successful community integration.

Read more about Shanna Miko's experiences dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for her work as a CGHSR scholar in Uganda.

Learn more about Shanna Miko's initial work as the inaugural recipient of the CGHSR Scholars Program in Refugee and Population Health.



CGHSR Scholars Program

Discover more about our Scholars Program that provides hands-on training at international research sites to University of Minnesota students through a guided mentorship program.

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