Region V Public Health Training Center

Culturally Competent Public Health Practice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This is an introductory course offering CHES and CPH — Free
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1.25 hours


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In 2016, the National Institute of Health, Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reported that 15% of American adults had reported some form of trouble hearing. In parallel to this is the growing concern over the lack of interpreters and how this affects the health field and medical service providers. With an obvious chasm in communication, the need for culturally relevant information is evident.
This training will present tools and knowledge for working with the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as common misconceptions about deaf culture and sub-cultures within the community.

What You'll Learn

  • Create awareness of deaf culture and sub-cultures within the deaf community. 
  • Discuss the benefits and importance of working with a sign interpreter.
  • Identify gaps in health literacy among the deaf community.
  • Formulate best methods for working with deaf and hard of hearing community.

Competency Terms

Communication Skills
Information Dissemination
Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Workforce Diversity

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Educator
Health Officer
Home Health Worker
Human Resources Personnel
Other - Schools
Other Professional
Other Registered Nurse-Clinical Services
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker

Related Job Tasks

Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Provide education to the public
Interact with local or regional media
Phone communication with the public
Process requests from the public (for services, information, or appointments)
Ensure competent public and personal health care workforce