Facebook Live Town Hall with Karen Society of Nebraska

News Release
For Immediate Release: 4/2/2021

Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223,


Lincoln, Neb. – In an ongoing effort to reach out to minority and refugee communities, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department (LLCHD), and the Elkhorn Logan Valley Health Department are teaming up with the Karen Society of Nebraska to hold an online Town Hall with the Karen refugee community in the Karen language.

The Karen Society of Nebraska's mission is to help refugees and immigrants from Burma (Myanmar) build and sustain a high quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency in Nebraska. The society has office locations in Omaha, Lincoln, and Madison. The Karen Society of Nebraska offers help with finding employment, immigration services, and basic computer training.

Over 1,500 people watched the last Karen language town hall organized by DHHS and nonprofit organization Restoring Dignity.


Saturday, April 3, 2021, 4:00 PM​


  • James Knyawhtoo, Executive Director, Karen Society of Nebraska
  • Po Dee, Board Chairman, Karen Society of Nebraska (Interpreter)
  • Dr. Maureen Tierney, Chair, Department of Clinical Research at Creighton University
  • Josie Rodriguez, Administrator, Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity, Nebraska DHHS
  • Barb Martinez RN, BSN, Public Health Nursing Supervisor, Community Health Services, LLCHD  
  • Tim Timmons RN, BSN, Supervisor, Communicable Disease Program, LLCHD 
  • Melanie Thompson, Emergency Response Coordinator, Elkhorn Logan Valley Public health


Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 896 2951 6381

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