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Latinos During Emergencies: Cultural Considerations Impacting Disaster Preparedness

March 22, 2012

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Program Description:
Almost one in six residents in the United States is Hispanic. This program highlights the importance of engaging the Latino community in preparedness activities to help facilitate community resiliency. Improved responsiveness to cultural considerations can decrease the barriers that put Latinos at increased risk during emergencies. Guest speakers will discuss cultural constructs and coping mechanisms among Latinos that may influence behavior in preparing for and recovering from a public health disaster. Effective strategies for engaging, communicating and assessing the needs of Latinos within a community will be presented.

Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least two cultural differences that might impact emergency preparedness and response activities
  2. Identify strategies for assessing the needs of the Latino population in a community.
  3. List two approaches used by the speakers to engage members from the Latino community in emergency response and preparedness activities
  4. Identify culturally sensitive, cross-cultural risk communication methods that incorporate issues of language, trust, literacy and the use of new media.

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Who Should Attend:
National audience of state and local public health professionals and their partners (e.g., healthcare professionals, EMS personnel, law enforcement, media representatives, etc).

These projects are supported under a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Grant number 5U90TP000404-02. The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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