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Education Center

Additional Ethnogeriatric Resources

Listed below are important resources on ethnogeriatric topics (i.e., related to aging and/or ethnicity) identified by SGEC staff and affiliates but not produced by SGEC. They are listed by subtopic.

Emergency Preparedness


Access 2 Readiness Coalition.  The Access to Readiness Coalition is a network of disability organizations and allies that are committed to strengthening California's emergency planning, response, recovery to meet the needs of people with disabilities and functional limitations.

After the Storm – Tips for Healthy Adult Relationships (5 languages - English, Hatian Creole, French, Spanish, Vietnamese)

Coping With Disasters: Depression (16 languages including Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese) developed by the National Library of Medicine.

Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response: A free, online educational program accredited for social workers, disaster mental health workers, first responders (including EMTs and firefighters) and emergency managers. Curriculum is also available via Think Cultural Health.

Helping Families (Children Adults, & Older Adults) With Relocation

National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse  Communities, Drexel University, School of Public Health                            

Tips After the Storm – Help with Adult stress (EnglishFrench, Hatian Creole, Spanish


Andrulis, D.,  Siddiqui, N., & Purtle, J.  (2009). California’s emergency preparedness efforts for culturally diverse communities: Status, challenges and directions for the future. Center for Health Equality, Drexel University School of Public Health,;
A report supported by the California Endowment and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

Andrulis, D.P., Siddiqui, N.J., Jenna, L., & Gantner, J.L. (2007). Preparing racially and ethnically diverse communities for public health emergencies. Health Affairs, 26(5), 1269-1279.  Minorities have historically been absent from preparedness planning, but recent efforts have produced new program and policy guidance.

Kailes, J. (2008). Southern California wildfires after action report, prepared in partnership with the Access to Readiness Coalition, The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, and The Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences. Available at or

Mathew, A.B. Kelly,  K. (2008)  Disaster preparedness in urban immigrant communities: Lessons learned from recent catastrophic events and their relevance to Latino and Asian communities in Southern California. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning and Development  & the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) Supported with a special grant from the Ford Foundation and the Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation.

National Consensus Panel on Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Diversity (2011). Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit. Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Office of Minority Health

SRA International, Inc. (2008). Cultural competency in disaster response: a review of current concepts, policies, and practices. Report prepared for the Office of Minority Health. Rockville, MD: SRA International, Inc. Available at

Toner, J.A., Mierswa, T.M., & Howe, J.L. (Eds.) (2010). Geriatric mental health disaster and emergency preparedness. Springer Publication, NY.  The book features evidence-based approach to discussions of mental health issues in older adults in disasters and emergencies; tools that can foster resiliency and recovery at the community, group, and individual levels; and development of positive responses to disasters can potentially minimize adverse outcomes (mental and physical) in older persons and optimize recovery for individuals and groups.

Videos and Films

The Big Uneasy: Katrina’s Unsung Heroes. (2009). A film honoring the courage, commitment, and dedication of nursing home staff who provided care to thousands of residents through the storm and the aftermath.

Displaced New Orleans Poet Sunni Patterson: I Will Be a "Cultural Ambassador to Bring a Light to Every Injustice" Interview with Sunni Patterson, poet. 


New Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease 
The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) convened three expert international workgroups and issued the first new criteria and guidelines to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in 27 years. The new guidelines (PDFs) can be freely-accessed from

Guideline for Alzheimer’s Disease Management (PDF)
This Guideline presents core care recommendations for the management of Alzheimer’s Disease. It assumes that a proper diagnosis has been made using reliable and valid diagnostic techniques. The main audience for the Guideline is primary care practitioners. However, many of the activities recommended in the Guideline do not require a physician and can be done by other members of the treatment team (care managers, nurses, community support organizations) working closely with the patient and caregiving family. The recommended activities do not have to be done in one visit.
Prepared by the California Workgroup on Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease Management; Supported by the State of California,Department of Public Health; April 2008. CDPH Web Site
Download: Factsheet (PDF), Guidelines (PDF)


National Office of the Alzheimer's Association:

Northern California chapter of the Alzheimer's Association:

Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in End of Life Care

California Advance Health Care Directive
An easy-to-read and easy-to-understand advance health care directive form.
Designed by Rebecca Sudore, MD & Mahat Papartassee for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Web Site
Download: Chinese (PDF), English (PDF), Chinese and English Combined (PDF), Spanish (PDF), Vietnamese (PDF)

Health Literacy

Websites Containing Materials on Ethnogeriatrics and Health Literacy

Health Resources and Services Administration - Unified Health Communication: Unified Health Communication: Addressing Health  Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency

AHRQ Health Literacy and Cultural Competency Website:

American Medical Association Strategies to Improve Communications with Hispanic/Latino Patients

Culture Clues:

DHHS Administration on Aging. Communicating with Older Adults

Hablamos Juntos (We Speak Together):  Improving Patient-Provider Communication for Latinos

Harvard School of Public Health:  Health Literacy Studies

Health Information Translations:  Quality Translations in Multiple Languages

Healthy Roads Media:  Get Help, Get Answers:

Institute of Medicine Health Literacy website:

Making Your Printed Health Materials Senior Friendly from NIA

National Network of Libraries of Medicine:   Consumer Health Information in Many Languages Resources

Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults

Partnership for Clear Health Communication/Ask Me 3 initiative:    (Ask Me 3)

Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative:

Stanford Medicine Resources:

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