I&R Basics: Serving Diverse Communities

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This course explores the concepts of cultural awareness and sensitivity, diversity awareness and intersectionality, and serving people from different backgrounds with respect and empathy. 

I&R agencies aim to serve everyone and aim to serve everyone equally. Some people face ongoing systemic barriers to accessing services that relate to an ethnic/racial/religious/cultural background which creates additional vulnerability. They may sometimes require more help because of that vulnerability. It is essential to act with positive respect toward people from all backgrounds and circumstances. Nothing less is acceptable.

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Part 1: Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. I&R agencies aim to serve everyone and aim to serve everyone equally. Some people face ongoing systemic barriers to accessing services that relate to an ethnic/racial/religious/cultural background which creates additional vulnerability. They may sometimes require more help because of that vulnerability.
Part 1: Review Exercise
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
Part 2: Diversity Awareness and Intersectionality
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. There are many ways in which people define others as different from themselves in a manner that may result in prejudice and discrimination.
Part 2: Review Exercise
1 Question  |  Unlimited attempts  |  1/1 points to pass
1 Question  |  Unlimited attempts  |  1/1 points to pass Choose 5 of the following attributes you identify with. In the essay, share which 5 attributes you chose, how you identify within them and how those identities have shaped your experiences.
Part 3: Serving People From Diverse Communities
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Diversity is about respecting individuals from different backgrounds who may have potentially different values. Regardless of their backgrounds, everyone essentially is looking for the same services because they share the same basic needs. Obviously, they may have specific requirements and sensitivities that result from their own circumstances.
Discussion
Make 1 discussion post to continue.
Make 1 discussion post to continue. A client is looking for health care for their young child. After a few questions, the client admits that the family is living in the country illegally. To what extent is this relevant to the issue and in what ways might this affect a Community Resource Specialist’s responses?
Final Course Exam
9 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/10 points to pass
9 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/10 points to pass
Certificate of Completion
1.00 Hour(s) of Professional Development credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Hour(s) of Professional Development credit  |  Certificate available
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Scenario
2 Questions
2 Questions A young woman calls and says, “Spanish?” The Community Resource Specialist replies, “Un momento, por favor,” and as there is no Spanish-speaking colleague available, secures a telephone interpreter to assist with the call. Through the interpreter, the caller says she is new to the city and needs to find a food box for herself and her three children. The Specialist asks for the caller’s ZIP code and searches for food pantries in the area. The database reveals three organizations within two miles of the caller. One is located in a Catholic church and says they specifically (but not exclusively) provide support to migrant farm families. They are open today. Another is located at a family resource center connected with the local elementary school; they will be open tomorrow. The third is part of a comprehensive social service agency, but their food program is only open one day a week, four days from now. The information for all three says that they have Spanish speaking staff or volunteers available. The Specialist tells the caller there are three food pantries near her. She explains that each one is a little different, and that she would like to explain all three to the caller and then have the caller tell her which ones she’d like to get more information about. The caller says she understands. The Specialist describes the comprehensive social service agency first, the family resource center next, and the church based food pantry last. She asks whether any of these sounds like a place the woman would like to visit, or would she like to hear about others that are further away? The woman says she would like to have the number for the comprehensive agency, but needs something sooner than four days, so is there anything else that’s further away? The Specialist describes two other agencies similar to the comprehensive agency. The woman responds that she would like information for those two as well, and the Specialist shares it. The Specialist encourages her to call again if she needs anything in the future.
Role Play Exercise 1
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  5/5 points to pass A woman calls and says she wants to donate some furniture to a poor white family. She says she has a bed, kitchen table and chairs, a couch and a refrigerator from rental property she is selling. She asks the Community Resource Specialist to give her the name of a poor white family that needs furniture.
Role Play Exercise 2
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  6/6 points to pass A client calls and asks about insurance options for her child. When asked if he has applied for insurance before, he says no because he is an undocumented immigrant.