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 (English, French, 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

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 preparednessSpringer 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.