A Culturally-Competent Approach to Emergency Management: What Lessons Can We Learn From the COVID-19?

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic, like other disasters, is exposing and exacerbating social, economic, and health care inequalities. Although the ethical and clinical imperative of providing culturally-competent health care has long been recognized, the influence of culturally-competent interventions within emergency management has not been systematically examined. This paper discusses several culturally-competent strategies that were taken by the Israeli national and local authorities in high-risk areas and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to controlling the pandemic outbreak, such an approach has the potential to reduce social disparities in health care, promote community resilience, and facilitate social cohesion.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Cultural-competence
  • Emergency
  • Minority
  • Socio-cultural context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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