Whole-Community Disaster Behavioral Health
Disasters affect all community members, regardless of cultural background or experiences. Successful disaster response, however, is rarely a one-size-fits-all approach. Behavioral health or response services that do not address cultural differences or individual needs create disproportionate groundwork for healing and resilience, causing many communities to be underserved and vulnerable. Equitable disaster behavioral health services and response are vital to collective healing during and after a disaster event. This inclusive approach relies on service providers’ dedication to cultural awareness and competency strategies tailored to the needs and preferences of the communities they serve.
The following resources highlight the importance of cultural awareness and competence in disaster response. Created for those providing disaster behavioral health services, these resources explore best practices and guidance to ensure support for all community members.