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Culturally Competent Public Health Practice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations


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Note: Course content is available for free and continuing education credits are available for $3. If desired, you will be asked to pay the fee upon completion of the course material.

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 and sub-cultures within the community.

Health educators, nurses, medical providers, social workers, public health professionals, translators, sign language interpreters, and others in the allied health professions.

Learning Objectives
  • 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.

Continuing Education Credit
1.0 CHES Category I CECH

1.0 CPH Recertification Credits

Certificate of Completion

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a designated provider (ID# 99038) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

The Region V Public Health Training Center is a CPH CE Partner.

The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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