Health Reform Webinar

October 14, 2009
Webinar 2
Health Reform and Services for Culturally Diverse Populations: What’s In and What’s Out

Health reform is moving forward, and there have been significant efforts to address issues related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) for diverse populations.  We’ll review the existing bills, possible outcomes, and discuss what people can do to ensure these critical issues are not overlooked. We’re very pleased to hear from the National Health Law Program’s Mara Youdelman, a Washington, D.C. policy expert and long-time advocate for the inclusion of CLAS services in state and national policy. Mara will be joined by Sarah Lichtman Spector, Staff Attorney at the National Health Law Program, who will talk about coverage of immigrants in the health reform legislation being considered in the U.S. House and Senate.

This is the second webinar in the DiversityRx Your Voice Webinar Series, funded by The California Endowment. The project also features Communities of Practice, Peer Learning Networks, and an online professional education and support network.


Mara Youdelman has worked at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) since August 2000 on issues including Medicaid, language access, racial and ethnic disparities, and data collection.  She is Director of the National Language Access Advocacy Project, funded by the California Endowment, to increase awareness of language access issues at the federal level.  Mara coordinates a national coalition to develop a consensus-driven agenda to improve policies and funding for individuals with limited English proficiency. 

Sarah Lichtman Spector is a Staff Attorney at the National Health Law Program.  NHeLP’s D.C. office.  She joined NHeLP in March 2008.  At NHeLP, Sarah works on language access and immigrant inclusion in health care among other issue areas. Prior to joining NHeLP, Sarah worked at the Legal Aid Society of D.C. for seven years focusing on access to health care issues particularly with respect to language access services, Medicaid, and Medicare. Sarah graduated with a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D from Georgetown University Center.

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