HDHE Training & Resources

Community and Rural Health Planning
Public Health

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Health Disparities and Health Equity offers a variety of trainings, presentations and resources. A list of books available is here​.  Request presentations, trainings, books or resources through the Request Form.


Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Training and Materials

CLAS Trainings - Individuals & Organizations

Take the Individual CLAS survey to see where your understanding is at, and receive a certificate for 1.0 peer credit hour for online training.

An assessment of your organization can also be completed. To receive a copy of your entries, email dhhs.minorityhealth@nebraska.gov and include the name of the person who completed the survey, the organization name, and the email to send it to.

A HDHE CLAS Organization Survey is provided for organizations to measure client satisfaction regarding CLAS.

Leveraging CLAS

This Leveraging CLAS webinar provides an overview of the National CLAS Standards and resources for better understanding of culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

More CLAS Resources

Cultural Intelligence

Becoming Cultural Competent

This short video highlights cultural competency and what is included in our "People are People are People: Increasing your CQ" trainings.  HDHE developed this training to be presented in chapters or in its' entirety and covers different aspects of being/becoming aware of cultural differences.  Presentations can be tailored by topic and time constraints.  More information is available in the People are People are People Brochure.  Video on Becoming Culturally Competent.

Trainings include handouts, videos and lecture.  BARNGA is a presentation and experiential situation to look at cultural communication. 

Social Determinants of Health

Training and resources are available through HDHE. Social Determinants of Health are the physical, social, and environmental conditions that have an impact on the overall health of individuals.  Trainings and presentations raise awareness of the indirect causes of health disparities and the lack of access to healthy living choices.  An optional board game, "The Last Straw," is available and depicts life experiences and how they affect everyone.

Population and Disparity Presentations

Presentations and trainings are available regarding minority population growth, health disparities, and health education in Nebraska are available upon request.

CATCH Kids - Physical Activity Addressing Obesity

CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health.  This evidenced-based program is designed to improve elementary school age children's health habits with a program focusing on nutrition education and physical activity.  Materials for 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade students are available for check-out and can be used as after school, summer programs or longer periods of time.  Materials include a planning guide, activities and equipment for a 6-week program. Use the Request Form below.

Health & Justice, Diversity & Cultural Competency Videos Available for Checkout

The following videos can be checked out by submitting a request form.  A facilitated discussion on the video can also be requested and presentations can be based on the material.  Use the Request Form below.

A Place at the Table. Tells the powerful stories of three Americans who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat.  It specifically addresses our country's hunger crisis, but also speaks to larger hungers for independence, a dignified life and a better chance for one's children.  The video shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides - as they have in the past - that ending hunger is in the best interest of us all.

Health for Sale.  Are the world's largest drug companies, paradoxically, major obstacles to creating a healthier world? Focusing on Big Pharma, the ten largest pharmaceutical makers, who account for 500 billion dollars of world health spending a year, we hear from officials from all sides of the debate regarding the impact of drug companies' patenting, intellectual property, pricing, and new product development strategies on global public health.

Money-Driven Medicine.  Reveals why comprehensive healthcare reform will remain a challenge for years ahead and points to paths for the future.  Doctors and health researchers show the movement for patient-centered, accountable care can be carried into classrooms, hospitals, doctors' offices and community forums.  Four versions are included: The complete film; Inside the Medical-Industrial Complex (Profits and Patients); the Doctor-Patient Partners (Changing the Culture of American Healthcare); Understanding America's Healthcare Crises (An Introduction); and Online Healthcare Reform Learning Center.

One Drop Rule. The film tactfully explores skin color consciousness with African Americans and interracial adults of Black and white parents.  Participants discuss the stresses of interracial dating.  The children of interracial marriages explore feelings of being pressured by others to choose between two cultural identities.  They explain the added burden of not being readily accepted by either racial group.

Race - The Power of an Illusion.  This challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs - that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups.  This 3-part series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs. The series includes: The Difference Between Us; The Story We Tell; and The House We Live In.

Unnatural Causes.  This ground-breaking documentary series sheds light on mounting evidence of how inequities in the rest of our lives - the jobs we do, the wealth we enjoy, the neighborhoods we live in - can get under the skin and disrupt our biology as surely as germs and viruses. Solutions are not in more pills but in more equitable social policies.  Seven sections cover: In Sickness and in Wealth; When the Bough Breaks; Becoming American; Bad Sugar; Place Matters; Collateral Damage; and Not Just a Paycheck. 

The Angry Eye.  The film documents the effects of racial prejudice with starting force and emotional intensity.  Taking pigmentation - in this case, eye color - as an arbitrary dividing line, the video builds a microcosm of contemporary American society, compelling the more privileged blue-eyed participants to live in another world for the longest two and a half hours of their lives.

The Raising of America.  The first documentary series to explore how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, more prosperous and equitable America.  Includes 5 episodes: The Raising of America; Once Upon a Time; Are We Crazy about Our Kids?; Wounded Places; and DNA is Not Destiny.

The Stolen Eye.  Imagine that you had been forcibly removed from your parents and raised never knowing your true heritage - all because of the color of your skin.  Imagine that the white government wanted to make your entire race extinct - just because you weren't born white.  If you lived in Australia and were Aboriginal, this was your fate and you became part of the "stolen generation."  The discussion of racism in Australia lends itself to a segue to discrimination in the United States.                  

Worlds Apart.  A four part series on cross-cultural healthcare provides a balanced yet penetrating look at both the patients' cultures and the culture of medicine.  An invaluable tool to raise awareness about the role of sociocultural barriers in patient-provider communication and the provision of healthcare services for culturally and ethnically diverse patients.

For more information about trainings or to request equipment or videos, complete the Request Form.

Health Disparities and Health Equity
Division of Public Health, Community and Rural Health Planning Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-0152
Fax Number
(402) 742-2342
Mailing Address

P.O. Box 95026

Lincoln, NE 68509-5026