Why This Project is Needed:
While traditional coursework is a fine option, they present a problem. They either meet everyday at inconvenient times, or the meet weekly and give you very little time to actually practice speaking and listening to Spanish! furthermore, it would take weeks or months before you actually get to learn useful phrases. Finally, most Spanish courses are not focused on terms you will use in your day to day work.
By 2050, it is expected that one in five Americans -- 20 percent -- will be elderly. The population will also become increasingly diverse (see Figure 2). By 2050, racial and ethnic minorities will comprise 35 percent of the over 65 pop-ulation.7 As the population at risk of chronic conditions becomes increasingly diverse, more attention to linguistic and cultural barriers to care will be necessary.
These numbers show that the odds are highly likely you will be working with a patient that primarily or only speaks spanish.
The goal of culturally competent health care services is to provide the highest quality of care to every patient, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, English proficiency or literacy.
The intention of this site is to alleviate the issues created by language barriers that inhibit or limit patients who primarily speak Spanish from receiving quality medical treatment. The consequences of language barriers can be dire. Use the free tools found on this site to increase the delivery of culturally competent care.
According to the U.S. Census, more than half of U.S. Latino residents age 5 and older speak English "very well," but a nevertheless significant number of Latino adults speak English "not well" or "not at all.
Language is an essential part of patient communication within the healthcare system and thus serves as a bridge to healthcare access and quality care.
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