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Health Literacy Forum iter

"Language, Literacy & Immigrant Health Care: Opportunities for Partnership"




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Health Literacy Forum Facts

  • More than 120 people attended
  • At least 60 Bay Area organizations serving immigrants and refugees were represented
  • Participants included adult ESL teachers and learners, health care professionals from various fields, ethnic media journalists, university faculty, public health officials, and community leaders

"Forum links immigrant health with language
and literacy to foster wellness"

This forum held June 1, 2007, explored how teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) can serve a pivotal role in addressing language and literacy barriers which limit immigrant access to quality health care. The adult ESL classroom remains an untapped resource in the effort to address health disparities among under-served immigrant populations and those with limited literacy skills. The Forum provided a rare opportunity for adult ESL, health services and community-based organizations, including ethnic media to discuss common interests and potential collaborations.