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Resources by Topic: Limited English proficient

Employment, Poverty, and Public Assistance in the Rural United States
Compares economic and demographic characteristics of rural counties by county income level. Includes data on employment, race/ethnicity, and English-language proficiency. Also examines reliance on public sector supports: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and children's health insurance.
Author(s): Rebecca Glauber, Andrew Schaefer
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Acceptability of an Embodied Conversational Agent-Based Computer Application for Hispanic Women
Study examining computer and technology use in adult Hispanic women living in rural areas and evaluating the acceptability of using an embodied conversational agent (ECA) computer application as a possible method to assist providers and engage patients in health education. Includes a link to the ECA video publicly available.
Author(s): Kristen J. Wells, Coralia Vázquez-Otero, Marissa Bredice, et al.
Citation: Hispanic Health Care International, 13(4), 179-185
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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New Jersey Clinic Promotes Healthy Lifestyles
Profiles the lifestyle and weight management counseling program at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural New Jersey.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2014(Winter)
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Compliance Review Initiative: Advancing Effective Communication in Critical Access Hospitals
Describes a communication initiative so that limited English proficient individuals can effectively participate in healthcare services at Critical Access Hospitals.
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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MiVIA Program Lets Migrant Workers Access Electronic Health Records From Any Computer
Describes the MiVIA program, which stores patient-owned personal health records on remote servers that health care providers can access.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2010(Winter)
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Talking With Patients: How Hospitals Use Bilingual Clinicians and Staff to Care for Patients with Language Needs
Presents survey results describing individuals in a hospital setting, including rural settings, who interact with patients speaking a language other than English.
Author(s): Jennifer Huang, Karen C. Jones, Marsha Regenstein, Christal Ramos
Date: 09/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management
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Language Access Services in Critical Access Hospitals for Patients with Limited English Proficiency in Rural Minnesota
Examines how and to what extent Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) meet the needs of patients with limited English proficiency in rural Minnesota. Assesses the level of resources and policies devoted to, demand for, availability, quality, and cost of language access services. Includes a comparison of language access services costs in rural Minnesota by region and proximity to metropolitan areas.
Date: 03/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Rural Hospitals and Spanish Speaking Patients with Limited English Proficiency
Explores how rural hospitals are meeting the needs of patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), based on a survey of rural hospitals in counties with large established Latino populations and counties with high growth in Latino population between 1990 and 2000. Describes language services provided. Identifies barriers and strengths for providing these services.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Myriam E. Torres, Deborah Parra-Medina, Amy Brock Martin, et al.
Date: 10/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Transforming the Face of Health Professions Through Cultural and Linguistic Competence Education: The Role of the HRSA Centers of Excellence
A compendium providing practical guidance in the form of strategies, tools, and resources for HRSA Centers of Excellence implementing and integrating cultural and linguistic competency content and methods into existing academic programs. It also provides guidance for evaluating cultural and linguistic competency efforts.
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
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Response of Local Health Care Systems in the Rural Midwest to a Growing Latino Population
Describes a case study of health care access issues for Latinos in rural communities in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. Describes successful strategies that could be adopted by other communities to address the growing Midwestern Latino population.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Lynn Blewett, Kathleen Call
Date: 08/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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