Public Health Preparedness of Health Providers: Meeting the Needs of Diverse, Rural Communities

dc.contributor.authorHsu, Chiehwen Ed
dc.contributor.authorSoto Mas, Francisco
dc.contributor.authorJacobson, Holly
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Ann Marie
dc.contributor.authorNkhoma, Ella
dc.contributor.authorHunt, Victoria
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dc.description.abstractMeeting the needs of public health emergency and response presents a unique challenge for health practitioners with primary responsibilities for rural communities that are often very diverse. The present study assessed the language capabilities, confidence and training needs of Texas rural physicians in responding to public health emergencies. In the first half of year 2004, a cross-sectional, semistructured survey questionnaire was administered in northern, rural Texas. The study population consisted of 841 practicing or retired physicians in the targeted area. One-hundred-sixty-six physicians (30%) responded to the survey. The responses were geographically referenced in maps. Respondents reported seeing patients with diverse cultural backgrounds. They communicated in 16 different languages other than English in clinical practice or at home, with 40% speaking Spanish at work. Most were not confident in the diagnosis or treatment of public health emergency cases. Geographic information systems were found useful in identifying those jurisdictions with expressed training and cultural needs. Additional efforts should be extended to involve African-American/Hispanic physicians in preparedness plans for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care in emergencies.en
dc.description.sponsorshipTexas Department of State Healthcare Services.en
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dc.identifier.citationChiehwen Ed Hsu, PhD; Francisco Soto Mas, MD, PhD, MPH; Holly E. Jacobson, PhD; Ann Marie Harris; Victoria I. Hunt, MPH; and Ella T. Nkhoma, MPH. "Public Health Preparedness of Health Providers: Meeting the Needs of Diverse, Rural Communities" Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol, 98, No. 11, November 2006.
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Health & Human Performanceen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtPublic & Community Healthen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_us
dc.subjectPublic Health Preparednessen
dc.subjectRural Healthen
dc.subjectHealth Disparitiesen
dc.titlePublic Health Preparedness of Health Providers: Meeting the Needs of Diverse, Rural Communitiesen


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