One of the goals is to target language barrier
A recent report by journalist Danielle Woodward from Path.com has shown the concerns to improve healthcare access to the Korean community in Bayside, New York.
With the help of community leaders, City Council member Paul Varone has drawn up a plan to demolish language, cultural and financial barriers among the Asian American population in that area.
“A lot of it was language issues because, even if they called 911, it was difficult to talk about their concerns on the phone to someone who couldn’t speak Korean”, said Vallone to path.com.
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Plus: the new study by Doximity on language barrier
The disconnect is bigger than you might think
Doximity, a social network for physicians, just published a study that details the disconnect between the languages spoken by patients and those spoken by physicians — something that is at the very core of what we do here at Canopy Innovations.
As we know, Spanish is the most common language, other than English, spoken by patients and doctors in the U.S. According to the Census, in 2015, the Hispanic population constituted 17.6% of the population or 56.6 million people. Other languages amongst the most spoken, according to Doximity, include Hindi, French, Arabic, Persian, German, and Chinese (take a look at the map above).
“Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Swahili and Sub-Saharan African are included among the top 10 languages for patients, while physicians more commonly speak Persian/Farsi, German, Italian, and Hebrew”, adds the report.
Read the official release here.