Minority Disaster Assistant

Minority Disaster Assistant

The racial and ethnic composition of the population of the United States is growing. A comprehensive and integrated approach to Minority disaster assistant preparedness and emergency, response and recovery activities ensures that the culturally and linguistically diverse population is not overlooked or misunderstood.

Public health officials and emergency managers who are prepared to meet the cultural needs of communities affected by negative events can have an effective role in reducing people's psychological distress and effectively meeting community recovery needs. This website will show you and connect you with resources and tools that enhance and master cultural and linguistic competence to help mitigate the impact of disasters and emergency events.

Department of the Assistant Secretary for Preparation and Response (ASPR)

Fact sheet of cultural and linguistic competence in disaster preparedness and response: This fact sheet explains the importance of developing cultural and linguistic competence for public health officials and emergency managers to better meet the needs of different populations and improve the quality of health services and results during and after a disaster. The Fact Sheet also provides a framework for the five elements of cultural competence in Minority disaster assistant preparedness.

Native American Indian and Alaska Resources for Disaster Preparedness - This tool provides some basic resources and best practices to help mental health and disaster emergencies better understand the general condition of tribal behavioral health issues, as well as provides information about emergency services or organizations that support tribal societies. 

The goal is to provide an initial frame of reference and diversified resources that enhance cultural awareness of respondents, as well as to help introduce some rich cultures, values, and traditions that are of great importance in helping tribal societies with respect.

Office of Minority Health (OMH)

Think About Cultural Health (TCH) is a pioneering initiative by the OMH Center for Language and Cultural Competence in the Healthcare Industry. TCH is dedicated to promoting health equity at every point of contact by developing and promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 

TCH provides the latest resources and tools to enhance cultural and linguistic competence in the healthcare field. As part of these resources, TCH offers four free and accredited continuing education programs to help people at all levels and in a variety of professions to promote health and health justice.

Disaster research focusing on ethnic and cultural features highlighted the role social media plays in daily life and the recovery process (Morrow 1997). For example, language barriers are often referred to as a problem in reporting risks and restoring the ability to work after disasters that increase the vulnerability of the Hispanic population. Ethnic cultural norms were also presented through differential attitudes towards acceptance of Crisis assistance, adoption of attitudes towards risk mitigation measures, and gender roles in disaster recovery management and response measures.

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