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Fear and language barriers hinder COVID-19 contact-tracing

In the current pandemic, experts opine that contact-tracing is one of the most important tools for containing viral infections and identifying people who may test positive for the coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contact tracing: “is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, […]

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The Hidden Costs of Poor Quality Language Services: A Closer Look at Its Impact on Organizations

Reading time: 4 mins  |  Word Count: 1,269   In the United States, a mosaic of cultures and languages, effective communication is critical for the seamless operation of both government and non-government organizations. However, despite the country’s linguistic diversity, there’s still a significant gap in adequate language access. This is a serious concern that has […]

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The impact of language barriers in America

Despite educational initiatives and myriad public service efforts, the United States’ language barrier persists as a significant problem, one which disadvantages and harms limited English people every day. In recent years, the United States has seen the biggest wave of immigration since the early 20th century. The number of U.S. residents born in a different […]

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Language Discrimination in Hawaii

Language Discrimination in Hawaii

Micronesians and COFA Citizens’ Recount Their Experience Hawaii is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the United States.  Hawaii’s population is approximately 38% Asian, 26% white, 2% black, and many people of multiple races ethnicities, according to the U.S. Census. Native Hawaiians account for about 20% of the population. According to […]

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HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES

New Study Reveals Substantial Disparities In Health Care Spending And Usage Among Spanish-language Speakers

Decades-old federal laws require interpreting and translation services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) people from federally subsidized hospitals and health care providers. However, despite these well-established statutes (such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and court decisions (such as Lau v. Nichols, 414 U.S. 563 (1974)) language and national origin-based gaps […]

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Census Data

Census Data and Language Access

It’s all about the data. Although this simple phrase may seem non-descript and mysterious, there is much to unpack here. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau surveys America to get a numeric count of the people who live here. Not just a count, the Census importantly reveals who we are – the languages we […]

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Telemedicine Telehealth

The Future of Telemedicine. Pandemic Lessons to be Learned

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways we communicate and interact, with social distancing and virtual communications such as telehealth and telemedicine establishing themselves as the new normal. The pandemic is also revealing substantial issues of health care disparities and inequalities, realities that the pandemic-induced communication changes are exacerbating. Pandemic and Health Disparities Nancy Krieger, […]

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