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Culture, Language & Health Literacy Resources: Special Populations

Special Populations resourcesFarm Workers/Migrant Workers

Camp Health Aide Manual go to exit disclaimer
Manual for Camp Health Aides, Promotoras or Community Health Workers implementing general health programs in their communities.  Available in English and Spanish.  Developed by Migrant Health Promotion (HRSA Grantee)

Camp Health Aide Program Implemenation Guide go to exit disclaimer
Guide to implementing a Promotora program including recruiting, supervision and evaluation of Promotora programs.  Developed by Migrant Health Promotion (HRSA Grantee)

Salud Para Todos Manual go to exit disclaimer
Manual for Promotores(as) working with farmworkers on mental health topics such as: domestic violence, stress, substance abuse, etc.  Developed by Migrant Health Promotion (HRSA Grantee)

Informate Manual go to exit disclaimer
Manual for Teens functioning as peer health educators to provide education on topics such as communication, healthy relationships, STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention. Developed by Migrant Health Promotion (HRSA Grantee)

La Esperanza go to exit disclaimer
Newsletter developed by Promotoras for Promotoras providing education and tools on specific health topics.  Bilingual.  Developed by Migrant Health Promotion (HRSA Grantee)

Dinamica Booklet go to exit disclaimer
Dinámicas are activities with a specific purpose. Some are “get-to-know-you” games like ice breakers. Others are designed to get people moving or to review material and reflect on the experience of participants. Bilingual. Developed by Migrant Health Promotion (HRSA Grantee)

Migrant Profiles go to exit disclaimer
To address the critical need for relevant information about the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) population nationwide, the Migrant Clinicians Network developed an innovative project to test a set of methodologies for collecting and analyzing MSFW data. (HRSA Grantee)

Cultural Competency go to exit disclaimer
The focus of this article is clinical practice, but the organization as a whole must also work towards incorporating cultural competency; the resources that follow address this need. Developed by Migrant Clinicians Network (HRSA Grantee)

Unique Responsibilities of Migrant Health Care Providers go to exit disclaimer
The primary responsibility of health care providers is to furnish the highest quality health care to their patients. Within the boundaries imposed by lack of available time, facilities, and financial resources, providers have certain non-medical responsibilities that directly affect the quality of care. Developed by Migrant Clinicians Network (HRSA Grantee)

Migrant Health Issues go to exit disclaimerThis article is about the health issues that face migrant and other mobile underserved populations are similar to those faced by other disadvantaged groups, including the poor, and especially rural poor, and recent immigrants. Developed by Migrant Clinicians Network (HRSA Grantee)

MCN Streamline article "Cultural Competency in Practice" go to exit disclaimerMarch/April 2002 Streamline Newsletter. Developed by Migrant Clinicians Network (HRSA Grantee)

MCN Online Course: Cultural Competency in Practice go to exit disclaimer (log in as a guest) 
In this module, you will discover how understanding cultural competency plays a key role in working with people of different cultures. You will begin to explore various obstacles faced when communicating with people from different cultures and identify techniques for removing obstacles and improving communication. Developed by Migrant Clinicians Network (HRSA Grantee)

Family Violence go to exit disclaimer
MCN began their Family Violence Prevention Initiative offering varied programs and resources to end familial and interpersonal violence in the migrant and immigrant community.  Through clinical and community interventions, MCN offered these cultural specific programs and resources to address the barriers/risk factors that migrant and immigrant women face.  Developed by Migrant Clinicians Network (HRSA Grantee)

MCN Diabetes Online Toolkit go to exit disclaimer
The purpose of this online toolkit is to offer a free, central & easily accessible place with information and quality tools and resources around diabetes care for migrants and other mobile underserved individuals.Developed by Migrant Clinicians Network (HRSA Grantee)

Migrant Clinicians Network Cultural Competence in Practice go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

National Center For Farmworker Health, Inc. go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

Migrant Health Promotion: culturally and linguistically competent, easy-to-use materials for farm workers

USA-Mexico Border Population

USA-Mexico Border Health Cultural Competency at the Rural Assistance Center go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

Homeless Population

Addressing Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Health Care for Homeless Setting: A Brief Guide (PDF - 6 pages) go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

National Health Care for the Homeless Council go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

Public Housing

Care Model Toolkit (Public Housing) go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

Assessing the Health Care Needs of Residents of Public Housing go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

People with Disabilities

The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations (CLCADO):
Assessment and Guide
go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

Introduction to LGBT Health: Ending Invisibility, Overcoming Health Disparities go to exit disclaimer (Webinar) (Fenway Institute, HRSA Grantee)
This archived webinar provides an overview of LGBT health disparities, demographics, and terminology, as well as key strategies for bringing high quality care to LGBT people at health centers and other health care organizations. Participants will also learn about creating LGBT-inclusive environments of care and about the intersections of LGBT health, population health and patient centered medical homes.

Improving the Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities go to exit disclaimer (PDF -  2.9 MB) (Fenway Institute, HRSA Grantee)
This document offers a brief but comprehensive overview of the major issues relevant to the health and health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The authors discuss LGBT demographics, terminology, and concepts; they also review LGBT health disparities across the life span. Clinicians and health care organizations will learn steps they can take to improve access to patient-centered care for their LGBT patients, including collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity, creating a welcoming environment and providing interventions that respond to LGBT disparities.

National LGBT Health Education Center go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Grantee)

Transgender HIV/AIDS Health Services Best Practices Guidelines go to exit disclaimer (HRSA Contractor)

Health Lit course

Definitions

Collecting Culturally- and Linguistically-Specific Patient Data. Under the Affordable Care Act, to the extent practicable, federal health data collections will include culturally- and linguistically-specific data on populations served. Guidance and tools have yet to be developed. This information is included as an advisory for program planners. Learn more: Title XXXI, Sec. 3101 of the Affordable Care Act (PDF - 2.2 MB)

Culture. Attitudes and behaviors that are characteristic of a group or community. Learn more: What is Cultural Competence? (Office of Minority Health)

Cultural Competence. A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations. What is Cultural Competence? (Office of Minority Health)

Limited English Proficiency
TeamSTEPPS: This evidence-based module will provide insight into the core concepts of teamwork as they are applied to your work with patients who have difficulty communicating in English. TeamSTEPPS 

Also select Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Health Literacy
The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Healthy People 2010, Objective 11-2 (PDF - 13 MB)

Plain Language
Writing that is clear and to the point, which helps to improve communication and takes less time to read and understand. Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative (National Institutes of Health)