INNOVATIONS FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY PATIENTS
Fern Hauck, M.D.
Director, International Family Medicine Clinic at UVA
Sr. Legislative Asst. to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY); Recipient, "40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health"
Karen Rheuban, M.D.
Director, Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth; former President, American Telemedicine Association
Jorge Rodriguez, M.D.
Hospitalist & Health technology equity researcher at Brigham & Womens Hospital
Art Saavedra, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.D.
Chair, UVA Department of Dermatology; Chief of Population Health and Health Policy
SETTING THE SCENE
Our Why: Patients with limited English Proficiency (including refugees, immigrants, and asylum-seekers) face unique challenges in gaining access to and interacting with the US healthcare system. Millions of vulnerable people in our communities are underserved, and the number is increasing. With the help of students, leaders, volunteers, and professionals, we can conquer the challenges facing LEP patients and ensure patients receive high-quality, low-cost care in every community.
Our Vision: This year's IAC conference aims to foster a dynamic and robust community of students, leaders, volunteers, and professionals across the nation dedicated to producing innovations–in technology, policy, and volunteerism–to improve care for LEP patients. Tune in for informational presentations, breakout room discussions, and abstract presentations highlighting pressing problems and compelling solutions for the biggest problems presently faced by our LEP population!
LEARN. INNOVATE. ELEVATE.
Community Service & Volunteering
The COVID pandemic has led to a large increase in use of telehealth and other digital health services. Patients with limited English proficiency experience barriers to access these resources.
Healthcare policy determines how and where resources are allocated which affects the quality of care patients with limited English proficiency receive. Policy provides a systems-based approach to ensuring the prioritization of vulnerable patient populations.
Medical interpreters and translated education tools improve care for LEP patients. Now more than ever, there is a need for volunteers who are able to disseminate information and medical care in a culturally-competent manner.