Community Resilience

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8 Steps to Building and Sustaining Effective Coalitions
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Have you ever tried to convince your health director, mayor, school board, minister, or business owner to support your community coalition? It’s not always easy, especially if he or she is not convinced that working in partnership is the best approach. This presentation will help you define coalitions, learn when and how to use them, and provide eight steps for building effective coalitions that promote health, a healthy environment, and prevent disease. By focusing on these steps, your coalition will be poised to reach its goals and sustain itself for the long haul. **NOTE – This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.
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Building Leadership Capacity in Emergency Management
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Leadership and resilience are crucial elements to effective disaster response. Please join us for this informative webcast on Building Leadership Capacity in Emergency Management. During the program, Professor Figley will share his work in co-founding the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University in 2009. He will discuss the role of psychosocial and behavioral health in understanding how leaders can facilitate resilience and remain resilient. Dr. Figley will present a new platform for building leadership capacity among educational institutions in countries especially vulnerable to natural disasters. The program material was originally presented at the Institute for Disaster Mental Health's 9th Annual Conference at SUNY New Paltz on April 20th, 2012.
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Business Continuity During a Flu Pandemic
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This presentation by Emily Eidner, MPH-candidate and David Bergmire-Sweat, MPH, gives you an overview of continuity of operations during an influenza pandemic, focusing specifically on business continuity and public health concerns.
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Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation
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In this simulation, the learner will assume the perspective of various public health professionals responding to a natural disaster. They will make decisions on behalf of a county public health director, a public health nurse, an environmental health specialist, and other public health professionals. By approaching the emerging public health issues from these perspectives, the players gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, the decisions that colleagues in other disciplines face, and how those decisions impact his or her area of expertise.
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Enhancing cultural competence to address healthcare disparities in Latino communities
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One strategy to eliminate healthcare disparities for Latinos is influencing the higher education curriculum to enhance the cultural competence of students in health professions. This helps prepare future healthcare providers to overcome cultural barriers known to contribute to Latino's healthcare underutilization, deferral, and low patient treatment compliance. This presentation describes the development and pilot testing of a culture immersion program in a rural Latino community as part of an NIH funded project. Faculty from a northeastern university and community leaders partnered to work collaboratively. Graduate students moved for a short time from their cities of residence to live with Latino families, visit healthcare organizations, and participate in community activities. Participants observed, learned, shared, and exchanged information focusing on what shapes Latinos health beliefs, practices, and help seeking preferences. Students could critically analyze their own biases, prejudices, stereotypes, and clinical uncertainties with regard to Latinos within the context of this population's ethnic reality. Pre and post questionnaires indicated personal and professional satisfaction through exposure to Latino language, family and social life, food and customs. Participants developed a deeper understanding of Latino cultural traits such as familism, simpatia, and collectivism, becoming acutely aware of personal and systemic barriers underlying healthcare disparities. The success of this pilot project was largely due to effective community-academic partnership and collaboration. This experiential learning will be presented within the context of relevant literature. References will be provided. Implications of cultural competency in the workforce to eliminate health disparities through health education and health promotion will be discussed.
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Psychological Resiliency - Building Personal Resilience and Self-Reliance
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Once the survival needs of people impacted by a disaster are stable, the important work of rebuilding the collective social network and individual lives in the community can begin. Disaster and Crisis Intervention (DCI) Facilitation processes use proven professional group facilitation skills and processes to equip individuals in the affected communities with tools that help in their psycho-social reconstruction. This online course will enable participants to work with individuals, other professionals, organizations, communities, or agencies who have experienced a crisis or who have responsibilities in crisis recovery now and in the future.
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Systematic Civic Stewardship: An Organizing Model for Leading Change in the Social Sector
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Cities are becoming the most prominent context for social change in the world today, and they offer exciting opportunities for participative governance. A model of “systematic civic stewardship” frames the city as community-based, action-learning system. Leaders play key roles in neighborhood teams focused on local challenges (graduation rates, health outcomes, etc.), while learning and working with peers via city-wide communities of practice. We have much to learn about learning systems in any context—understanding how they work in communities and cities draws on organization experience and provokes new insights.
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Take Action Cycle: Assess Needs & Resources
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Deb Nichols, Public Health Educator and Public Information Officer for the Cattaraugus County Health Department in western New York, was our guest speaker for this Take Action Cycle webinar on Assess Needs & Resources. Deb shared how they used the County Health Rankings as a call to action, bringing together many different stakeholders each of whom "owned" different pieces of data. She described an assets-based approach that helped them build a complete picture, gain some early wins, and move into a priority setting process that is engaging the community.
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Teaching cultural competence: Preparing college students for the real world
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This session describes a 100-level college course that uses multiple strategies to develop cross-cultural competence among the students. The strategies include comparative analyses of one's own cultural heritage and health traditions with those of persons of different race/ethnicity and gender. Additionally, case scenarios, video discussions, and selected readings help students to learn about different cultures and how best to address their health care needs. The students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through classroom assessments and a group project presentation that highlights the demographic profile, cultural practices, health traditions, and health care needs of the chosen ethnic/racial group and strategies to best address the identified needs. Evaluation methods and assessment rubrics will be shared along with resources to facilitate development of cross-cultural competency.
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Using the Health Care Language Services Implementation Guide: An intervention tool for increasing language access in health care environments
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According to census data, approximately one in four Americans speaks a language other than English at home. Given this growing statistic, it is imperative that organizations provide information in both culturally and linguistically competent ways. To help organizations implement effective language access services (LAS) to meet the needs of their language minority patients, thereby increasing their access to health care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (OMH) sponsored the development of the Health Care Language Services Implementation Guide (HCLSIG). The HCLSIG lays out the basic steps for implementing LAS, and the process for carrying out each step is explained in detail and supplemented with links to resources and tips on alternative ways to complete the step. This session is designed to help health care administrators and organizations develop and implement effective language access services. This session will use multiple learning strategies including interactive discussion and completion of planning documents, to provide participants with concrete strategies to implement LAS within their health care organizations. Participants will be able to educate those within their organization on the importance of LAS and how to use the HCLSIG to conduct an initial assessment of their organization's current capabilities to provide these services. As communities and organizations evolve over time, the HCLSIG provides a framework and assists with the evolution of LAS. The HCLSIG can help a participant guide their organization on its mission to provide quality healthcare to all members of the community they serve, regardless of their language ability.
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