In the United States, 25.1 million people were considered limited English proficient (LEP) in 2013 (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). The U.S. Census Bureau classifies anyone above the age of 5 who reports speaking English less than “very well” as limited English proficient.
LEP individuals struggle to access resources and information in the face of language barriers. Healthcare institutions in particular, and organizations in general, are increasingly aware of what’s at stake when language access is compromised. In the medical context, the provision of equitable, quality care is especially undermined in the absence of professionally trained interpreters. The health care industry is increasingly implementing language access plans as health care professionals aim to ensure equal treatment of the growing LEP population. In fact, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandates that any program receiving federal financial assistance (Medicaid and Medicare payments, NIH grants, CDC funding, etc.) protect preferred language under the umbrella of national origin.
NSC became a licensed training organization in 2012. Since then, our team of educators has trained hundreds of students from a wide range of backgrounds – from university students to health care practitioners, from social workers to interpreters.