Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The racial and ethnic diversity of the United States population is increasing. An inclusive and integrated approach to disaster and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities ensures that culturally and linguistically diverse populations are not overlooked or misunderstood. Public health officials and emergency managers who are prepared to address the cultural needs of communities affected by adverse events can be instrumental in reducing people’s psychological distress and meeting the community’s needs to recovery effectively. This webpage will introduce and connect you to resources and tools that enhance and address cultural and linguistic competency to help mitigate the impact of disasters and emergency events.
This fact sheet details the importance of developing cultural and linguistic competency for public health officials and emergency managers to better meet the needs of diverse populations and to improve the quality of services and health outcomes during and after a disaster. The fact sheet also provides a framework of the five elements of cultural competency within disaster preparedness.
This tool provides some basic resources and best practices to help disaster behavioral health and emergency responders better understand the general status of tribal behavioral health issues, and also provides information on emergency disaster services and/or organizations that support tribal communities. The goal is to provide a beginning frame of reference and several resources that will promote responders’ cultural awareness, as well as help introduce some of the rich culture, values, and traditions that are so important for respectfully assisting tribal communities.
Think Cultural Health (TCH) is a flagship initiative of the OMH Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care. TCH is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact through the development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. TCH provides the latest resources and tools to promote cultural and linguistic competency in health care. As part of these resources, TCH offers four free and accredited continuing education programs to help individuals at all levels and in a variety of professions to promote health and health equity. The programs offered include:
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