Sonia Goins of Twelve News interviewed Cultural Service Unit member Christian Vincent and others from Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center - focusing on the new Cultural Services Unit in Brooklyn Park!
KSTP's Todd Wilson interviewed Cultural Services Unit member Major Parker and Monique Drier of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, and shared with the community about the impact this program has.
Community Capacity Building:
Community recovery outreach efforts are a key tactic to emergency response and preparedness. Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health partnered with ECHO Minnesota to develop and pilot a 14-member Cultural Services Unit (CSU) capable of supporting community recovery outreach efforts in the event of a community-wide emergency.
The CSU provides targeted communication and outreach to the growing and diverse populations in Brooklyn Center. This effort was done in partnership with Brooklyn Center Police and Fire, and the MN Medical Reserve Corps.
The CSU also serves as cultural connectors between public safety officials and their respective immigrant communities.
Cultural Services Unit (CSU) Highlights:
The CSU team has completed the first stages of training, and they are now an active resource for the Brooklyn Center Police and Fire Departments, Hennepin County Public Health, MN Medical Reserve Corps, and ECHO. Activities they will be participating in during the rest of 2013:
• National Night Out, paired with members of the Police and Fire Departments
• Fall 2013: CSU Continuing Education Session on CPR
• Possible activation in Hennepin County to assist in emergency or recovery situations
CSU Member Testimonials:
• “Training was very encouraging, educating, and most of all, relate to saving lives, properties and peace.”
• “This program is very important for the purpose for which it was created; that is, to connect the different ethnic groups for a common purpose. This purpose is to bring safety in case disaster – fire, storms, or pandemic.”
• “I felt very welcome since the first day. The presenters really knew what they were talking about.”
• “I gained a lot of knowledge in safety for my own safety and family and the more important thing is that ‘prevention’ can save so many lives.”
• “The CSU was such an impressive group of community members. They were actively engaged, full of questions, and ready to pass on this valuable information to their respective communities”.”