Somali Health Board + Team Ladnaan Collective

Problem Statement

How might we make mental health easier to talk about in the Somali Community?

Project Team Statement

Ladnaan Collective worked with the Somali Health Board to learn about mental health in this community. The team conducted desk research, interviewed community members, and spoke with experts in this field. With this research, the team, Somali Health Board, and a community representative generated a list of potential interventions to make mental health easier to talk about. Ladnaan Collective is building out one of these interventions – interactive question and answer cards – that will help folks have the language and the tools to start mental health conversations.

About the Organization

The Somali Health Board is a public, non-profit 501(c)3 grassroots organization, formed in 2012 by Somali health professionals and volunteers concerned about the health disparities that disproportionately affect new immigrants and refugees within King County, with ambitious goals of eliminating and reducing health disparities.

Organization’s Mission & Vision


To reduce health disparities in King County’s Somali community.


We envision a thriving and healthy Somali community in Washington State.

Client Representatives

Fartun Mohamed, Mental Health Committee Member

Safiyah Hersi-Dhooye, Program Manager

Mohamed Shidane, Deputy Director

Creative Team Members

Hannah Burn
Product Manager
Kelly Neuner
UX Designer
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Vanessa Wong
UX Designer
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Raphael Artieda
Visual Designer
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Ibbie Osman
Visual Designer
Katie Crimmins
AIGA Liaison

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By Margaret Tung
Published September 9, 2020