Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations

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Social Determinants of Health in the Context of Emergency Preparedness and Response

Linda Marc-Clérismé, ScD, MPH, MS
Competency 1.5 – Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.

This course introduces basic concepts defining social determinants of health, and how they influence health outcomes in the context of emergency preparedness and response. Social determinants that will be discussed include age, gender, race, ethnicity, education, income, occupation, poverty and deprivation.

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Integrating and Engaging Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities in Public Health Preparedness and Response

Dennis Andrulis, PhD MPH
Competency 1.5 – Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.

This course addresses the background and context describing the status of diverse community engagement in emergency planning and response, the role of community and culture and why they are critical to any effective emergency event strategy, and a framework and guiding principles for taking effective action.

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Grass Roots Organization’s Formation of a Model Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in Low-Income Housing Communities

Eileen Smith, RN, BS
Competency 1.3 – Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.

This lecture is a single, descriptive case study and describes the challenges and opportunities in empowering a vulnerable population to take responsibility for their preparedness needs by forming and maintaining a CERT. This endeavor was pursued by the Minority Emergency Preparedness Task Force in Pennsylvania and was an outcome of participation in the Pennsylvania Preparedness Leadership Institute (PPLI).

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Communicating the Message across Different Segments of the Population

Elena Savoia, MD, MPH
Competency 2.2 – Use principles of crisis and risk communication.

This course is designed to present the participant with information on risk communication during emergency situations with a particular emphasis on how different segments of the population are exposed to and processing the messages.

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Case Study: Mental Health Literacy amongst Immigrants following Disasters or Traumatic Events

Linda Marc-Clérismé, ScD, MPH, MS
Competency 1.2 – Model Leadership

This lecture focuses on the awareness of emotional health as well as knowledge and beliefs regarding mental disorders found among immigrants following disasters or traumatic events. It reports on a case study covering mental health literacy among Haitians post-earthquake.

The learning objectives of this case study fall under the competency of Model Leadership, referring to the ‘responsibility of each mid-level worker to stand up and contribute in all phases of an emergency’ in the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model.

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What Real Events Teach Us About Preparedness and Response

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Competency 1.5 – Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.

Nicole Lurie, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, describes the lessons learned from a series of disasters and the role of the US and federal offices in providing aid and assistance with disaster operations.

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