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Event Friday, April 9 at Cuyamaca College will address language barriers healthcare access

April 8, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Refugees from around the world are building new lives in San Diego County after fleeing war and persecution in their homelands. They speak many languages and for some, lack of English language skills or translators also limits their access to healthcare and other services. To address those concerns, the San Diego Refugee Forum is hosting a special conference this Friday, April 9 at Cuyamaca College.


Register online at A wait list has been established for some portions of the conference. Registration is also available onsite. Attendance of the morning presesntation, luncheon keynote speakers, and afternoon panel discussion are open to the public, space permitting.

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Practitioners may benefit from cultural and linguistic experts while learning about refugees in San Diego and their needs. Conference highlights will include workshops on cultural sensitivity, new patient communities in San Diego and their health needs, and best practices for linguistically appropriate services.

Keynote speaker Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPPP, project director of Health Disparities, Division of Quality Measurement and Research, the Joint Commission, will present the keynote luncheon speech at 12:30.

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