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Culturally Competent Public Health Practice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations (On Demand-No CE)

Started Feb 25, 2021


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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free version of the course.

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.


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


Diana McKittrick, General Manager, Communication Access Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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.


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 Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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