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Building Cultural Competence in Disaster Preparedness and Response (Podcast)


Approximately 33 minutes

Course Description:

The podcast "Building Cultural Competence in Disaster Preparedness and Response" features a presentation delivered by Ken Lee, MSW. The presentation covers the definition of cultural competence, 9 Guiding Principles for Cultural Competence in Disaster Response, and important considerations for cross-cultural interactions.

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This podcast fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the importance of designing culturally sensitive approaches in disaster planning and response.
  2. Describe methods and practical tools to evaluate a program’s level of cultural sensitivity.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel


Ken Lee, MSW
Mr. Lee received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work Degrees from the University of Hawaii, and has completed post-graduate fellowship in Community Health at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University Medical School. He serves as the volunteer Hawaii State Disaster Mental Health Lead for the Hawaii State Chapter, American Red Cross. He is a national Red Cross instructor, a member of the national Red Cross Critical Response Team (CRT) and the International Response Team (IRT) of the American Red Cross International Disaster Response Unit (IDRU). During the past year, Mr. Lee was the Director of the Disaster Case Management training program at the University of Hawaii’s School of Social Work. He has more than 39 years of experience as a clinical social worker, grief and bereavement counselor and disaster mental health clinician within a multitude of settings. Mr. Lee was twice named the “Social Worker of the Year” by the Hawaii Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1997 and 2002, and has received numerous state and National awards for his work in the area of disaster mental health.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.