Our mission is to improve the quality of life of those with limited English proficiency by working to eliminate linguistic barriers. Our strategies for doing so are numerous. Currently, we are working to connect volunteer interpreters to free health clinics in need, ensuring their patients have access to linguistic services. In the future, we plan to donate paid linguistic services to free clinics. In order to sustainably fund this mission, we are also working to provide low-cost interpretation services to smaller clinics, in turn helping these clinics augment their sustainability while also ensuring linguistic services are not rationed due to expense.
Barriers due to limited English proficiency permeate through the life of an individual in the United States, especially when it comes to navigating our bureaucratic healthcare system. This is why limited English proficiency is considered to be a negative social determinant of health. Americans Against Language Barriers was created by professional medical interpreters and students who observed the need for a social organization that advocates for those with limited English proficiency, giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. The interpreter is a conduit of meaning between the patient & provider, allowing for a stream of communication; interpretation & translations are highly skilled professionals and require extensive training. Our goal is to not only improve language access, but also improve the quality of language services.
Yes and yes! Click HERE to access our tax exemption documents on the IRS database. Americans Against Language Barriers is a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Americans Against Language Barriers will use our funding to advance our mission to improve the quality of life of those with limited English proficiency. Specifically, we will be supporting free and charitable health clinics, training professional health students as interpreters, creating health education content in rare languages, advocating for the civil rights of those with limited English proficiency, and more. Limited English proficiency is a public health concern and it must be addressed as such.
Free clinics are the backbone of safety-net institutions in the United States, providing care to millions of uninsured Americans in need. Often with a small budget, free clinics may be forced to rely on ad-hoc interpreters, such as untrained volunteers, staff, or family members. This has been shown to increase the frequency of medical errors, which could jeopardize the health of the patient. Of course, free clinics would like to provide professional linguistic services to patients, but they do not often have the resources to pay for them. Americans Against Language Barriers would like to bridge the gap and ensure that all Americans have access to linguistic services regardless of their insurance status.
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