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Eliminating language barriers to health care, public benefits, and the courts

11/18/2015

Justice for Breakfast discussion series

November 18, 2015 ~ 8:15 am

Discuss innovative strategies on social justice issues with the staff of the Public Justice Center.

Over 117 different languages are spoken in Maryland, and more than 340,000 Marylanders are limited English proficient (LEP), meaning that they may not speak, read, write, or understand English well enough to interact effectively with government agency workers,  courts,  hospitals, etc., without some kind of language assistance. As part of recent work to address racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes, PJC has been working actively with partners through the Legal Aid Language Access Task Force and Governmental Access Workgroup, a public/private partnership to ensure that different agencies, businesses, and organizations understand their obligations when addressing the needs of LEP individuals and to develop plans to make sure these needs are met. This work has also allowed us to identify additional barriers to accessing healthcare for immigrants and other New Americans, our aging citizens, and Deaf individuals as well. Join us to discuss efforts to date, some of the major accomplishments in language access developments in Maryland in the past two years and what is on the horizon.

Hosted by Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP
120 East Baltimore Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202

Reservations requested: brocke@publicjustice.org or (410) 400-6951