When a disaster strikes a community, it affects people of various cultural backgrounds—sometimes disproportionately. Cultural competence can help public health communicators reduce this disparity. Is your organization committed to building cultural competence?
CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection and CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity came together to host a webinar on “Cultural Competence in Preparedness Planning.” Julio Dicent Taillepierre, team leader for the Initiatives and Partnerships Team, discussed why cultural competence matters during emergencies, the potential consequences of being culturally incompetent, and resources to help build your understanding. The webinar was held on April 24.