Online Program

Multilingual youth for a healthy Boston: A medical interpreter training program for youth of Haitian descent

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Uchenna Ndulue, MPH, CHES, Peer Health Exchange, Boston, MA
Becca Rector, MPH, Boston Area Health Education Center, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Geraldy St. Clair, Boston Area Health Education Center, Boston Public Health Comission, Boston, MA
Zarita Araujo-Lane, LICSW, Cross Cultural Communication Systems, Woburn, MA
Andrew Jerger, Cross Cultural Communications, Woburn, MA
Research has shown that non-English speaking individuals may be at risk for health inequities due to language barriers. This is particularly salient to non-English speaking members of the African diaspora, including Haitian American populations. Medical interpreters may play a crucial role in reducing such health inequities, however often individuals aren't familiar with the roles and scope of practice of medical interpreters. Multilingual Youth for a Healthy Boston (MYHB) is an after-school positive youth development program aimed at providing 15 multilingual Haitian Creole adolescents with a foundational training in the skills and practices of medical interpreters. Through the 12 week MYHB curriculum youth learn about medical terminology, the structure of US healthcare delivery, and strategies around navigating the healthcare system. Students also learn the role of the medical interpreter in the medical care team and the scope of practice of medical interpreters. We will describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of the MYHB program. We will show how participation in this program facilitated youth's health literacy, agency as health consumers and health advocates, as well as encouraged their pursuit of healthcare professions. Lastly, we will discuss the challenges in delivering such programming to high school youth and put forth strategies to overcomes such obstacles.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the benefits and challenges of out of school time programming designed to educate and interest youth of Haitian descent in the health professions. Identify the necessary components of positive youth development programming targeted at youth of Haitian descent. Discuss the role of youth as medical interpreters in the health care system.

Keyword(s): Workforce, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the project manager for multiple federally funded grants aimed at increasing the knowledge and interest in health careers for diverse urban youth. I also direct a center devoted o increasing the access to health professions for youth of African descent, including youth of Haitian Creole descent. I have helped to oversee the implementation of the curriculum discussed in this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.