Language Access Does Anyone Here Speak My Language?

In Spring 2003, NCM launched a 2-year social marketing campaign, sponsored by The California Endowment, to promote awareness among California immigrants of the right to an interpreter in health care situations. By placing ads in NCM's network of print, television and radio throughout California, this campaign is opening a new channel for health care communication: ethnic media. The most trusted institution in many ethnic communities, ethnic media are in a key position to communicate essential information about health care.

  • 11-LANGUAGE POLL ON LANGUAGE ACCESS & HEALTH
    In June of 2003, NCM asked 1200 Californians how language barriers affect their access to quality health care.

  • HEALTH CARE LANGUAGE ACCESS RESOURCES IN CALIFORNIA
    The best way to find information about interpreter services in your area is to ask someone at your health plan, doctor's office or local hospital, but here are some other places to turn for more information about your language access rights.

  • EDITORIAL INITIATIVES
    In hand with the ad campaign, NCM and its media partners have generated editorials that delve deeper into the issues of how language barriers affect health care access.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: LANGUAGE ACCESS BREAKS GROUND IN CALIFORNIA
    English | Spanish | Korean (pdf) |
    Learn more about how ethnic legislators are banding together on legislation to break down language barriers from health care and other consumer settings. By Elena Shore

  • BROCHURE – HOW TO ACCESS INTERPRETER SERVICES
    English | Spanish | Chinese | Korean
    Not all doctors and clinics can afford to provide health care interpreters during your visit, but there are steps you can take to increase your access to health language assistance. Download the brochure in PDF format.

  • AD CAMPAIGN & MEDIA LINKS
    Download the print ad in 13 languages and link to the media partners involved in the campaign.

 





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