Giving Voices to the Voiceless: Language Barriers & Health Access Issues of Black Immigrants of African Descent

California Endowment
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This report was conceived by the Summit Health Institute for Research and Education (SHIRE) as an initial step toward identifying language and cultural issues that impede access to health care among immigrants of African descent in California. Thus, the report includes a cursory examination of Title VI, an overview of U.S. Census data collection issues as they relate to immigrant communities, and a detailed examination of census data on African immigrants in California. This report's recommendations include an appeal for further clarification of ethnic status in data collection tools and increased efforts in the collection of data. Though the report was conducted in California, the findings and recommendations have national implications.


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