Language and cultural barriers have contributed to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on racial and ethnic minorities. At last count, these vulnerable populations accounted for over 60 percent of the patients served at community health centers.

Healthcare organizations are working to ramp up vaccinations as we approach a possible fourth wave of COVID-19. Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand the patient journey for those who are limited English proficient (LEP), as well as Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

This subject and more will be discussed in a complimentary webinar called COVID-19 and Language-Access Programs: A Review of Best Practices for Health Centers. The webinar will take place Wednesday, April 7, at noon EDT.

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The webinar will also provide valuable information about changes in reimbursement for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). This is particularly timely as community health centers are set to receive approximately $6 billion from the American Rescue Plan. Among other things, these funds will expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations. They will also deliver preventive and primary healthcare services to people at higher risk for COVID-19.

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Speakers will include H. Musa Ali of the Lincoln Community Health Center in North Carolina, as well as Lourdes “Lulu” Sanchez, Implementation Director at LanguageLine.

You can register for the event here