Monthly Archives: March 2016

Summary of HHS’s Proposed Rule on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

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New rules concerning Limited English Proficiency  (LEP’s) to be released shortly.

This is the original draft summary courtesy of the Kaiser Family foundation…but sources have confirmed the bill is “forthcoming” and will be “published” shortly

To read more of these new initiatives from the Department of Health —-> click here.

For more information on LEP’s from the Department of Health visit their website —->HHS website on LEP

 

 

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Xerox breaks down language barriers with translation service –via International Business Times

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Recognising language as one of the biggest barriers to communication in a world that’s becoming increasingly connected, Xerox has launched its Easy Translator tool that promises comprehensive translation services straight from its machines in real time.

The brand, now synonymous with photocopying, offers its services in more than 35 languages and allows subscribers to scan documents in, say, English, and produce copies in any of its other supported languages.

In addition to the real-time machine translations, Xerox employs over 5,000 translators and offers its services in three levels of expertise: Express, which employs machine translation followed by human editing; Professional, which, according to Xerox, is ideal for contracts and proposals, which is translated and edited by a highly trained, well, professional; and Expert, where the documents are translated and edited by field-experienced, um, experts.

To read more of this article courtesy of the International Business Times —> click here

 

59 languages spoken in S. Seattle: Clinic’s diverse midwives help diverse moms –via Seattle Times

Midwife Faisa Farole examines (Stuteville's son) Malcolm Stonehill 

Midwife Faisa Farole examines (Stuteville’s son) Malcolm Stonehill

I was entering the third day of labor when they told me I’d have to have a C-section. I was exhausted and scared, shaking under bright white lights as a team of masked strangers crowded around the bed prepping me for surgery. Other than my husband, the only person whose face seemed kind in that moment was that of my midwife.

I’ve spent the last two months since that day getting to know my new son. While that time with him has been amazing (if sleep-deprived), the experience of bringing him into this world was one of the most intense of my life.

Then I try to imagine how much scarier it would have been if I’d had nurses, doctors and midwives who didn’t speak my language or understand my culture. That’s what Jodilyn Owen and a team of midwives and health professionals are trying to provide at a new clinic in South Seattle.

“A woman who is from Ethiopia sits with an Ethiopian midwife — she doesn’t have to explain herself,” says Owen, midwife and co-founder of the South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation. “That’s a profound form of health care.”

To read more of this article courtesy of The Seattle Times —>click here

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