|NAME||Cultural Competency for Community Management of Special Needs Patients in Disaster|
|COURSE STARTS||Open Enrollment|
|COURSE ENDS||7 weeks to complete from date of registration|
|LEVEL OF TRAINING||Aware|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION|| |
Disaster imposes adverse consequences upon a community and its people. Disasters can injure the physical infrastructure and disrupt social integration and the capability to provide basic elements of the population’s fundamental needs.
Additional and exceptional vulnerabilities may be revealed by crisis, especially among community members with special needs. These include members of sub-populations who have not yet been entirely integrated into community life and plans or whose lifestyle and customs place them at additional peril.
Acquiring awareness, skills and proficiency in cultural competency has become a critical element in enabling people, governments and institutions to deal with crises in a world with less homogeneity but greater diversity. The talents and insight of cultural competency can transform vulnerabilities in societal self-awareness and coordination into strengths of capability for planning and intervention.