The Impact of Language on Health Care Accessibility

Jun 08, 2022
  • Description

Language barriers can impact the ability of individuals to access vital services such as health care. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted many of the challenges faced by limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Health centers and other federally-funded programs aim to ensure that patients' language does not impact their ability to access health care.

This issue brief will inform service providers about policies to promote language access for LEP patients. After identifying and explaining the urgency of the challenges of LEP patients, this issue brief will provide practicable and accessible solutions that service providers can implement both immediately and in the long-term. We hope providers will create their own innovative solutions to meet the language needs of the communities they serve.