Cultural Competency & Disaster Response

The Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Minority Health has a new curriculum available: Cultural Competency for Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Response. The curriculum consists of 4 courses that “are designed to equip disaster and crisis volunteers and personnel with the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to diverse communities during all phases of disaster. The curriculum is grounded in the Office of Minority Health’s CLAS Standards, which are grouped into three themes: Culturally Competent Care, Language Access Services, and Organizational Supports.”

Interestingly, they provide CE credits, but not for physicians or nurses–social workers, EMTs (and other 1st responders) and psychologists are the target audience for this curriculum. However, since I know that many of you are the first responders in your community, or are at least a part of that response, I’m guessing there’s some good stuff here for us, too.

Participation is free, but registration is required.

BTW–the standards for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care to which they refer can be downloaded here (PDF).