Symposium on the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate health services for refugees and immigrants

The Foundation's program, Hablamos Juntos: Improving Patient-Provider Communication for Latinos, was designed to demonstrate and assess institutional interventions to provide medical interpretation and translation services for Latinos who have limited English-speaking abilities.Health professionals are frequently challenged to help recently migrated refugees cope with a wide range of other physical and mental health problems characteristic of their experience in refugee camps and a general lack of adequate medical attention. Migrants, broadly defined, require a broad range of health services and health information, much of which needs to be secure, reliable, and cost effective. It is important that information be culturally and linguistically appropriate for the benefit of health professionals and the clients they serve. This contract provides support for a two-day symposium to discuss the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials describing health services for refugees and immigrants. Following the symposium, a report of the discussion and recommendations will be prepared and a list of participants' names and contact information will be available. In addition, a repository of available information describing health services for refugees and immigrants will be developed. A listserv will also be created to facilitate continued sharing of information between and among symposium participants. This project will be considered successful if it identifies a core list of quality materials that have proven their usefulness, and provides a means to access them. Another factor of success will entail the production of a report that will discuss barriers that hamper the process of effective outreach to refugees and immigrants, and recommendations for actions discussed during the breakout sessions that should be taken to improve development of and access to health information for and about refugees.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $59,296.00

Awarded on: 4/6/2003

Time frame: 4/1/2003 - 7/31/2003

Grant Number: 48340


Center for Public Service Communications, LLC

3221 North George Mason Drive
Arlington, 22207-1836


John Carver Scott
Project Director