4016.0 Addressing Healthcare Concerns in Vulnerable Populations

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:30 AM
The presenters in this session will discuss ways to engage vulnerable or disenfranchised populations in preparedness planning and emergency health services during a pandemic or public health emergency. Reaching these communities may require particular planning and forethought in terms of languages materials are developed in, health literacy levels of materials, and what types of outreach are used – some communities prefer written materials, others oral materials, or being told directly by trusted spokesperson. It is also important to respect communities’ traditions for planning, decision making, and the communities’ health beliefs. This session will also address preparedness at community facilities that work with high-risk populations and the importance of safety net hospital resources.
Session Objectives: Describe two methods to reach an Asian/Pacific Islander community during a public health emergency. Discuss how indigenous health and decision-making concepts can be applied to improve contemporary tribal health decision-making. Understand the need for emergency preparedness in community facilities that work with high-risk populations. Demonstrate the importance of maintaining safety net hospital resources for vulnerable populations.

8:30 AM
Emergency preparedness among the foreign born: Reaching Asians and Pacific Islander in a crisis
Paula Phillips, Myungsik Park, Lloyd Y. Asato, Emma Ditsworth, Yen Nguyen, MPH, Douglas M. Hirano, MPH and Jenn-Yun Tein, PhD

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Black Caucus of Health Workers, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)