Session: Embracing Healthcare Access through Language Services
3179.0: Monday, November 17, 2003: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Embracing Healthcare Access through Language Services
In Massachusetts, ongoing efforts toward the elimination of health disparities in healthcare have integrated a wide range of knowledge and expertise from policymakers in state agencies, academics and researchers, community leaders and advocates, and community healthcare providers. When working together, the input of participants at many levels of the system has resulted in a dynamic process of collaboration, which facilitates access to quality healthcare for all members of the Commonwealth. This session will focus on the unique collaborations that exist between the Massachusetts Area Health Education Centers system, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Division of Medical Assistance (the state welfare agency).
Learning Objectives: Creating healthcare solutions for language access through collaboration. Working toward the elimination of health disparities through culturally competent language access services, communication, and training.
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Organizer(s):Christina Rosi, MPA
Moderator(s):Theresa Glenn, MPH
12:30 PMAssessment of bilingual staff: Competent medical interpreters?
Lisa Morris, MSTD, Jean Marcelin, Christina Rosi, MPA
12:42 PMStatewide collaboration in the development and delivery of medical interpreter training programs
Edith H. Mas, RN, MSW, MA, Lisa Morris, MSTD, Nancy Esparza
12:54 PMWorking toward a continuum of access to language services
Joanne Calista, MSW, Edith H. Mas, RN, MSW, MA, Christina Rosi, MPA, Lisa Morris, MSTD
Organized by:Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by:Latino Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing, Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA