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September 15-October 15, 2004, National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month
 

 

SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 15, 2004  IS NATIONAL HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH

This year, CDC's Association of Latino Employees at CDC & ATSDR (ALECA) celebrates Hispanic/Latino heritage month with  Hispanic Americans: Making a Difference in Our Communities and our Nation

CDC/ATSDR celebrated Hispanic/Latino Heritage month with “Social Justice, Health Inequities, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Populations.”  The program took place on Monday, September 20, 2004 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The program began with Mr. Tobias Marshall, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Atlanta Office of Civil Rights.  Mr. Tobias is the Lead Investigator for LEP programs in Region IV and has established networks with advocate groups and state agencies to work toward implementation of policies that address the needs of LEP populations.  He spoke about how communities can determine their need for translation services, different options for meeting the needs of LEP populations, and how he helps providers come into compliance with current federal guidelines.

Next, Dr. Yolanda Partida, Director of Hablamos Juntos – “We Speak Together,” presented “Health Disparities/Inequities and LEP: Unequal Services/Treatment.”  Dr. Partida has worked on a variety of projects related to health access for the uninsured and underserved populations.  She spoke about some of the obstacles to providing adequate translation services to LEP patients.  These include inadequate understanding of the need for translation, lack of national standards to guide translator skill development, and the need to assure the quality of translated documents.

Alex Alvarez, of “CDC en Espanol,” closed the program by unveiling the new look of CDC’s Spanish website.  He showcased several new languages not previously available on CDC’s web site, and demonstrated a new feature that allows providers to share linguistically appropriate materials with patients, even if the provider does not speak that language.  Mr. Alvarez also spoke about the need for expanded resources to help LEP populations take control of their health care.


 

 

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