In this eBook, we’ve examined the language barrier through a number of different lenses, introducing you to eight reasons why it is vital to prioritize solutions to this issue.
Recently, DUSON worked with Canopy Innovations to strengthen its commitment to the Spanish-speaking population, currently numbering 41 million in the United States. Canopy has helped DUSON to diversify and enrich their medical Spanish offering for the entire nursing student body.
Preliminary data suggest that incorporation of a longitudinal Spanish language and cultural competency curriculum for Emergency Medicine (EM) residents has a beneficial impact on patient satisfaction and adherence to medical recommendations for Spanish-speaking patients. Canopy Learn — Canopy’s NIH-funded online medical Spanish course — was one of the components of this curriculum that has demonstrated improvement in patient experience and medical adherence.
Dr. Christine O'Dea discusses the scope of the language barrier in healthcare and the importance of learning medical Spanish.
Watch the recorded webinar!
One in every eight individuals in the U.S. is limited-English proficient (LEP). Unfortunately, only a small fraction of those patients receive language assistance services due to limited resources and inadequate tools. The language barrier undermines the quality of care the nursing community is able to deliver to the growing LEP population.
Check out this tragically humorous clip from HBO’s show, “Getting On.” Albeit dramatized for Hollywood, this clip is indicative of a real issue: the deficit in useful tools providers have at their disposal when working with LEP patients.
CEO, Michael Cullinan and Manager of Advocacy & Partnerships, Olivia Norrmén-Smith, will be speaking on the "Anatomy of the Pilot" panel this coming Sunday 25th to help kick off the 10th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference.
Canopy Speak is listed as one of the 13 best apps to help nurses improve patient care in Becker's Hospital Review.
Check it out here!
Take an in-depth dive into the state of the language barrier: join Canopy Innovations’ webinar, “Dissecting the Language Barrier in Nursing and Prioritizing Solutions” at 2pm eastern on October 5th!
Canopy Innovations was thrilled to receive this original poem from Victoria Roberts as a submission to the #canopyconvos contest. It is a beautiful reflection on the harrowing nature of the linguistic and cultural barrier in healthcare.
As health care providers, it is our responsibility to provide comfort and act as a source of information for all the patients we see. Language barriers can make this extremely difficult, especially when compounded by the shaky inexperienced hands of young medical students. It is vitally important for all young health professionals to properly educate themselves in the language and necessary skills before endeavoring to care for people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that global displacement has reached an all-time high. In fact, 1 in every 113 people on the planet are refugees or asylum-seekers, seeking protection outside of their home country. That's 65.3 million people forcibly displaced in 2015.
"In summary, the study found that fewer than 1 in 20 online complaints cite diagnosis, treatments and outcomes in healthcare as unsatisfactory, whereas more than 19 of 20 unhappy patients said inadequate communications and disorganized operations drove them to post harsh reviews." (Becker's Hospital Review)
Today is National Doctor's Day! Take some time to think about all of the physicians who have cared for you over the years and let them know you care about them!
The app is dynamic! Here are the first improvements of many to come:
-New and improved navigation!
-Access to popular searches from across the Canopy community
-Full screen display to easily share phrases with your patients
-Curated playlists of your most common and recently used phrases
-Bug fixes, UI improvements and performance enhancements
Since the beginning of January there have been a number of articles to note. If you haven't caught them already, you should give these a read.
In the article, Influx of West Africans in the Bronx Spurs Demand for Interpreters Liz Robbins not only emphasizes the scope of the language barrier for this growing population in the healthcare realm but also in navigating and accessing other processes from immigration paperwork to housing applications, education services, etc.
Journal Of Palliative Medicine: "Patient-Reported Barriers To High-Quality, End-Of-Life Care: A Multiethnic, Multilingual, Mixed-Methods Study"
by Vyjeyanthi S. Periyakoil et al.
Read about all of the activities and events in association with National Hispanic Heritage month here