Category Archives: Language Access

Ensuring Meaningful Access to Health Care

There is a growing body of evidence that language barriers for individuals with limited English proficiency has a direct relationship to the quality of health care. Providing language assistance services can improve the quality of care and reduce health care disparities among individuals with limited English proficiency. Language assistance services include both verbal interpretation services and written translation services. There are many useful resources that can help support the many reasons for improving language access, including legal and regulatory requirements, patient safety, risk management, quality improvement and disparities reduction. Hospitals, health plans, community health centers and physician office practices have all demonstrated the feasibility and importance of ensuring language access.

15th Anniversary of Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

In honor of the 15th anniversary of Executive Order 13166 which clarified federal requirements for language access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division … Continue reading

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Health Research and Education Trust: Diversity in Health Care

The Health Research and Education Trust of the American Hospital Association has published these six case studies describing how hospitals and health systems have implemented principles of diversity and inclusion at their health care organizations.  The health care organizations profiled … Continue reading

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National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians: Impact of Affordable Care Act on Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Pakistani, and Vietnamese Americans

This report from the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) analyzes 2013 American Community Survey data on select social determinants (health insurance coverage, language, nativity, education, economic status) that impact on the participation and enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue reading

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American Community Survey: Language Use in the U.S., 2011

This data brief from the U.S. Census Bureau reports data from the 2011 American Community Survey about language use in the United States.  It provides useful background information for health care systems and providers to learn about the potential language … Continue reading

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Joint Commission: Crosswalk of National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services with Hospital Accreditation Standards

This is a crosswalk of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) with the Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Standards. The CLAS standards were “enhanced”, or updated, … Continue reading

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President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: 2014 Report

This 2014 report from the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders highlights both the recent progress made as well as the continuing unmet needs of diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The report notes the continued … Continue reading

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HHS Request for Information on Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Prohibition Against Discrimination

Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities. Section 1557(c) of the Affordable Care Act authorizes the Secretary … Continue reading

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Health Research and Education Trust: Building a Culturally Competent Health Care Organization

This guide from the Health Research and Education Trust, the research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association, describes how hospitals and other health care organizations can become more culturally competent.  A culturally competent health care system is one … Continue reading

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Office of Minority Health and Hogg Foundation for Mental Health: Eliminating Disparities through the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care

This literature review from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is a comprehensive resource on how the integration of behavioral health and primary care services for racial and … Continue reading

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National Academy for State Health Policy: State Policymakers’ Guide for Advancing Health Equity through Health Reform Implementation

This policy brief from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) describes opportunities for states to advance health equity through implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), profiling planning and implementation activities in Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, … Continue reading

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