Meeting the Needs of Limited-English Speakers: December education series to focus on civil rights and responsibilities in health and human service settings

While many people understand the responsibility to make services accessible and welcoming to people with physical challenges, many of us are unsure about our responsibilities for those who speak a language other than English. Yet, language access is a civil right protected by federal law.

One22 is pleased to announce its Winter 2018 Community Education Series: Meeting the Needs of Non-English Speakers. Community members, health and human service agencies, healthcare providers and concerned citizens are invited to learn together in a series of community discussions that will focus on language access rights, and will touch on other civil rights and protections as well.

“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, to increase awareness of the responsibilities that health and human service providers have surrounding Language Access and to help individuals understand their rights and how to get their needs met” said Executive Director Sharel Lund Love. Regardless of citizenship status, disability status, or English proficiency, civil rights laws require health care providers and human service agencies to effectively communicate with their patients/clients, and ensure the privacy and security of health information. These forums are aimed at educating the community about these rights and responsibilities. 

The first forum, designed specifically for non-English speakers, also known as individuals with Limited English Proficiency, will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, from 4:00 - 5:30 PM in Hansen Hall on the campus of St. John’s Episcopal Church. This is event is free and open to the public. Spanish-English interpretation will be provided by One22.

Later that week, two identical sessions tailored for health care providers to explore their responsibilities and ways to fulfill them will be offered on Monday, December 3rd, from 7:30 to 8:30 AM and again on Tuesday, December 4th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the Moose Wapiti Room at St. John’s Medical Center. Light breakfast and/or evening snacks will be provided.

Similarly, a lunch workshop for social service agencies to discuss responsibilities, challenges, and successes in language access while delivering their services will be held on Monday, December 3rd from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room. A lunch of pizza and salad will be provided.

All workshops will be lead by Ian Schipps, JD, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Acting Deputy Regional Manager and Supervisory Investigator.

The OCR is committed to educating communities about civil rights, health information privacy rights, conscience and religious freedom laws, and patient safety confidentiality laws.

All events are free of charge. Additional details can be found on the One22 website (one22jh.org/events) or by contacting One22 at info@one22jh.org.

Specialized training in simultaneous interpretation offered Dec. 2

In order to maximize the learning opportunity of its December Education Series, One22 invites those seeking to explore or improve their interpretive skills to an 8 hour customized technical training on the techniques of simultaneous interpretation for a nominal charge.  Training will be led by Giovanna Carriero-Contreras, CEO and Founder of CESCO Linguistic Services and author of The Community Interpreter. “Simultaneous interpretation presents different challenges to the professional interpreter, and we are glad to be able to provide this unique interactive training, as well as discussion about challenges and successes”, said Emily Gomez, One22’s Language Access Operations Coordinator. Please call One22 for more information on this limited opportunity. Scholarships are available.

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