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CCOUC Ethnic Minority Health Project: A Case Study for Health EDRM Initiatives to Improve Disaster Preparedness in a Rural Chinese Population

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Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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GX Foundation, Hong Kong, China
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Academic Editors: Emmanouil Pikoulis and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5322; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105322
Received: 4 March 2021 / Revised: 30 April 2021 / Accepted: 13 May 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021
Disasters disproportionately impact poor and marginalised populations due to greater vulnerability induced by various risk determinants, such as compromised living conditions, language barriers, and limited resources for disaster risk management. Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health EDRM) emphasises a people- and community-centred approach for building stronger capacities in communities and countries since community members are often the first responders to health emergencies and should be central to effective risk management. A key action for promoting community disaster preparedness is the provision of Health EDRM education interventions. The Ethnic Minority Health Project (EHMP) has provided community-based Health EDRM education interventions in 16 ethnic minority-based villages in remote areas of China since 2009. It aims to enhance community disaster preparedness and resilience by improving health-risk literacy and self-help capacity at the individual and household levels. This case study outlines the first EHMP project in an ethnic minority-based community (Ma’an Qiao Village) in Sichuan Province, China. It highlights the key elements for planning and managing such a project and is a good demonstration of an effective Health EDRM workforce development project in rural communities. This report concludes with five recommendations for setting up a sustainable and effective Health EDRM education intervention in similar contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: disasters; health emergency and disaster risk management (Health EDRM); community-based intervention; disaster education; ethnic minority; China; community disaster resilience; Health EDRM workforce development disasters; health emergency and disaster risk management (Health EDRM); community-based intervention; disaster education; ethnic minority; China; community disaster resilience; Health EDRM workforce development
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Hung, K.K.C.; MacDermot, M.K.; Chan, E.Y.Y.; Liu, S.; Huang, Z.; Wong, C.S.; Walline, J.H.; Graham, C.A. CCOUC Ethnic Minority Health Project: A Case Study for Health EDRM Initiatives to Improve Disaster Preparedness in a Rural Chinese Population. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5322. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105322

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Hung KKC, MacDermot MK, Chan EYY, Liu S, Huang Z, Wong CS, Walline JH, Graham CA. CCOUC Ethnic Minority Health Project: A Case Study for Health EDRM Initiatives to Improve Disaster Preparedness in a Rural Chinese Population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5322. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105322

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Hung, Kevin K.C., Makiko K. MacDermot, Emily Y.Y. Chan, Sida Liu, Zhe Huang, Chi S. Wong, Joseph H. Walline, and Colin A. Graham. 2021. "CCOUC Ethnic Minority Health Project: A Case Study for Health EDRM Initiatives to Improve Disaster Preparedness in a Rural Chinese Population" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 10: 5322. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105322

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