December 3, 2020         
Kia Wins Four 2021 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards   •   Howard University School of Business Announces $250,000 Gift from Ryder System, Inc.   •   China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Erdos Resources Co., Ltd launch specific fund to care for children of deceased COVID-19 fight   •   Washington Prime Group’s Tangible™ Collective Provides a Spotlight for Seven New Brands, Honoring Small Businesses a   •   Veterans in Media & Entertainment (VME) Joins Forces With AT&T for Veterans Media Fellowship   •   San Francisco Bay Area Leaders Extend Support for Women's Higher Education in Asia and the Middle East   •    Microban 24 Multi-Purpose Cleaner is Approved by Health Canada for Use Against the Virus that Causes COVID-19   •   Mendez Law Office is Proud to Announce Its Expansion Into Central Texas   •   The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Hosts The Elizabeth Taylor Ball To End AIDS: Virtual On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020   •   Working Mother Media Names VF Corporation One of the “Top 75 Companies for Executive Women”   •   Argyle Winery Introduces Ojo Brilloso Wines to Promote Diversity, Health and Education in the Workplace   •   The Persecuted Releases Petition to End COVID Shaming   •   Rust-Oleum’s Color of the Year and Color Watch Palette for 2021   •   Peiffer Wolf: As Holiday Home DNA Kit Bombshells Loom, Here Are the 6 Things Every Potential Victim of “Baby God”-li   •   Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT Program to Create Pathways to Bay Area Homeownership   •   Government of Canada announces $1.5 billion in new investments for clean drinking water in First Nations communities   •   Albemarle Executive Recognized as One of the "100 Global Inspiring Women in Mining"   •   Colorado State Senator Angela Williams to Join the Stride, Inc. Public Affairs Team   •   UCP/Detroit, UCP/Michigan, merge to provide expanded services and greater reach into disability community   •   Comcast RISE Awards Five Black-Owned, Small Businesses in Western Washington with Marketing Resources and Technology Makeovers
Bookmark and Share

Latinos Feel More Comfortable When Dr Speaks Their Language

LOS ANGELES -  Foreign-born Latino patients had a more positive perception of health care quality when clinical service providers spoke to them in the same language, according to a recent study by William A. Vega, the executive director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC School of Social Work, and other researchers.

The study, published in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, also found that these higher ratings for health care quality could not be explained by socioeconomic factors. When patient and provider spoke a concordant language, foreign-born Latinos reported less confusion and frustration with the information received from clinicians and better overall ratings of health care quality.

“This [study] makes a strong point that when patient and clinicians do not speak the same language, there are negative consequences for the patient,” Vega said.

One in five Americans speaks a language other than English at home, and some speak little or no English at all. Latinos are the largest and fastest growing ethnic/racial group in the United States, and the U.S. Census projects that about one third of the U.S. population will be Latino by the year 2050.

New health care reforms that will be implemented will need to adequately address language barriers that can lead to discrimination in quality of care received for this growing population, Vega said.

“In the context of health care reform implementation, the research clearly supports taking the necessary steps to ensure that after nearly 50 years since Title VI, tangible steps can be taken to fulfill its mandate in America,” Vega said.

One of goals of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which was enacted over 40 years ago, was to prevent discrimination from being funded by federal dollars. Because almost all health care organizations receive some form of federal funding, they must ensure that language barriers do not impact the quality of care provided to patients.

“Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act offered a specific assurance that patients who speak a primary language other than English should receive services in a language they could fully understand,” Vega said.
 
Vega is one the nation’s leading experts on health disparities that affect aging ethnic minority populations. The USC Roybal Institute is dedicated to translational research, policy advocacy and training that improves the health, mental health and care of older persons, particularly those from multiethnic backgrounds.


STORY TAGS: HISPANIC, LATINO, MEXICAN, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, LATINA, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News