Emergency preparedness training of tribal Community Health Representatives

Lisle S. Hites, Brenda S. Granillo, Edward R. Garrison, Adriana D. Cimetta, Verena J. Serafin, Ralph F. Renger, Jessica F. Wakelee, Jefferey L. Burgess

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Abstract

This study describes the development and evaluation of online Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) training adapted to the learning styles and needs of tribal Community Health Representatives (CHRs). Working through a university-tribal community college partnership, the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Arizona and Diné College of the Navajo Nation delivered a blended online and face-toface public health preparedness certificate program based on core public health emergency preparedness competencies. This program was carefully adapted to meet the environmental and learning needs of the tribal CHRs. The certificate program was subsequently evaluated via a scenario-based decision-making methodology. Significant improvements in five of six competency areas were documented by comparison of pre- and post-certificate training testing. Based on statistical support for this pedagogical approach the cultural adaptations utilized in delivery of the certificate program appear to be effective for PHEP American Indian education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

Keywords

  • American Indian Public Health
  • Tribal Community Health Representatives
  • Tribal Emergency Preparedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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