Eliminating Healthcare Disparities by Addressing Language Barriers

This activity explores how language barriers lead to healthcare disparities and covers the issues that result in poor communication with patients. PAs must provide sufficient interpreter services based on federal and state laws. The faculty discusses options for interpreter services and offers options to those who do not have funding for in-house interpretation services. After discussing the importance of the use of interpreter services, the faculty reviews how to effectively work with interpreters giving quick tips that PAs may put into use immediately.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Recognize the role of language barriers in healthcare disparities
  • Identify the federal and state laws governing the use of language services
  • Summarize how to effectively work with interpreters