Cultural Competency in Emergencies

Vulnerable Populations
Online Course
1 hour
University of Alabama
South Central PERLC

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Since human beings were created, they have evolved socially, linguistically, economically, and more. Hence, in emergencies, so much is at stake that emergency responders must constantly augment their knowledge, skills, and abilities for working with individuals, groups, and communities in cross-cultural contexts. In this course, emergency responders will gain understanding of their impact on clients when providing public health and medical services. Primary topics discussed include demographic changes in the United States and Louisiana; cultural competence and its related models; and strategies for determining and increasing cultural competence in emergencies

Learning Objectives: 
  • Discuss the demographic changes in the United States and Louisiana
  • Define cultural competence
  • Compare the four levels of the Dimensions of Diversity model
  • Describe the Cultural Competence Continuum
  • Assess and determine one’s level of cultural competence on the Cultural Competence Continuum
  • Explain two areas of cultural competence
  • Identify three strategies for increasing one’s cultural competence in emergencies
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness