In an effort to bridge the communications and cultural gap between Minnesota’s immigrants and non-English speaking populations, and the health and safety personnel who serve them, ECHO has created the following toolkit to better prepare emergency managers, fire fighters, police officers, public health agencies, and others in their work with multicultural communities.
This toolkit provides agencies, departments, and organizations information on the various cultural groups represented in Minnesota to circulate to their staff and personnel. The information presented in the toolkit provides working knowledge and a basic foundation on specific cultures that have made Minnesota their home. Resources are not intended to be an exhaustive representation of a given culture, but aim to provide a strong groundwork for cultural understanding.
Cultural information sheets:
The following information sheets contain common cultural norms, values, and traits in the areas of familial structure, religion, communication styles, personal space, gender roles, and traditional beliefs on health and medicine.
Hispanic Culture - At a Glance (PDF) - UPDATED!
Hmong Culture - At a Glance (PDF)
Somali Culture - At a Glance (PDF) - UPDATED!
Vietnamese Culture - At a Glance (PDF)
Lao Culture - At a Glance (PDF)
Cambodian Culture - At a Glance (PDF)
Karen Culture - At a Glance (PDF) - UPDATED!
Arab Culture - At a Glance (PDF)
Emergency Preparedness Resources
"Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit" Recommendatinos of the Natinoal Consensus Panel on Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Diversity. (PDF)
Public Health Workbook to Define, Locate and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-Risk Populations in an Emergency by the CDC. (PDF)
Maps of LEP (Limited English Proficient) Populations in Minnesota
The following maps contain valuable information on Minnesota’s LEP populations according to language spoken in the home and location of immigrant groups across the state. Data collected with the help of the RAND Corporation’s Special Needs Populations Mapping for Public Health Preparedness tool.
LEP/Immigrant Population Locations – Statewide Coming Soon!
Artices of Interest
Somali college student bears out census findings: For him, rural Minnesota is home. Read more.