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Advocacy: Promoting policies and practices that meet cultural and linguistic competence needs and reduce health care disparities.

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Healthy Families Brooklyn

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Healthy Families educates people about health and wellness and provides funding and training to improve links to health care services.

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How to File a Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint with the Federal Office for Civil Rights

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This online fact sheet developed by Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provides information on how to file a Discrimination Complaint with the OCR.  The webpage includes information on what your complaint must include, how to file your complaint, and a list of addresses to send your complaint to. 

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UPAC-Elder Multicultural Access and Support Services Program

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UPAC Elder Multicultural Access and Support Services (EMASS) Program is using a promotora model to reach out to unserved and underserved senior population (60 and older) from Latino, Filipino, African American and Somali (African Refugees) communities in the North, Central, and South Regions of San Diego County.  This Program is funded by the County of San Diego - Behavioral Health Service

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Ensuring Linguistic Access in Health Care Settings: Legal Rights & Responsibilities

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This comprehensive manual (a revision of the 1998 original) shows advocates and providers how to overcome language barriers to obtain appropriate medical care for their clients. It outlines language access responsibilities under federal and state law, as well as in the private sector, and offers recommendations for addressing identified problems.

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Building Coalitions Among Communities of Color: A Multicultural Approach

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This guide is directed toward those who seek to address health disparities, health access, and other health issues. It is intended as a resource, primarily for people of color, who are building coalitions in which representatives from communities of color predominate.

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State Official's Guide to Health Literacy

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This guide is intended for policymakers and other advocates wishing to improve health communication. The guide provides an overview of research findings on the issue of health literacy and a summary of the Council of State Government's (CSG) National Survey on Health Literacy Initiatives. Chapter One defines health literacy and offers evidence as to why it matters to states.

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Overcoming Language Barriers to Health Care

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This publication describes policy efforts at the state and federal levels to overcome language barriers to health care faced by non-English speaking patients. Importantly, this case study demonstrates the critical role that the administrative and regulatory process plays in establishing and implementing public policy. It also describes the inter-relationship between state and federal policy.

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Language Services Action Kit: Interpreter Services in Health Care Settings for People with Limited English Proficiency

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The materials in this toolkit are designed to support advocates and others working to ensure that people with limited English proficiency (LEP) in their state receive appropriate language assistance services in health care settings. The toolkit helps to explain the laws and policies surrounding access to service for LEP patients, and how states pay for Medicaid and SCHIP.

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Improving Access to Language Services in Health Care: A Look at National and State Efforts

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This brief assesses emerging national efforts in language access services and profiles work in three leading states — California, Minnesota, and New York — to highlight challenges, successes, and implications for future policy and activities related to language services.

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