Monthly Archives: March 2013

Language barriers for gap between cops, expats

Cops need to change their attitude

KUWAIT CITY, March 27 : In this week’s online poll, the Arab Times looked at ways of bettering relations between the police and public. Voters mainly blamed language barriers for the existing gap between the police and expatriate residents of Kuwait. About 45% felt so.
Respondents who spoke in support of that view said that they wouldn’t feel comfortable to go to a police station to make a complaint because of the language issue. “We can’t blame the cops when they don’t give us the attention we deserve, because they are as lost as we are. We feel greatly relieved if there is a policeman who speaks English, even if broken.”

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Health care centers’ workers also serve as interpreters via Merced Sun-Star

By YESENIA AMARO      Merced Sun-Star

Using interpreters to help deliver medical care can be costly, so area health centers have taken different routes to bridge the language gap.

At Golden Valley Health Centers, “dual-role employees” have replaced professional medical interpreters.

Dual-role staff members have a primary job, such as medical assistant or receptionist, but they also have language abilities that allow them to interpret for non-English-speaking patients, said Felicia Batts, research program manager with Golden Valley.

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That method has saved the health center a lot of money over the years while ensuring patients get the information they need, she said.

“We can’t afford medical interpreters,” Batts said. “For us, our answer and our belief is that you have to create the infrastructure that prepares yourself to provide these services.”

According to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, the median pay for interpreters was $20.88 per hour.

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Lawmakers push to unionize, regulate Medi-Cal #interpreters via The Tribune


Thousands of Medi-Cal medical interpreters would have the right to join a public employees union and collectively bargain with the state under a legislative push to regulate that profession.

Assembly Speaker John A. Perez is leading the drive, fueled by a major public employees union and sparked in part by federal subsidies for Medi-Cal expansion as part of national health care changes.

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