The Lack of Language Assistance Services, Widespread National Origin Discrimination and Civil Rights Abuses Prevent Immigrant New Yorkers from Accessing Quality Medical Care at Jamaica Hospital
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For years, immigrant New Yorkers have suffered from inadequate translation and interpretation services at New York City's public and private hospitals. The 2000 Census reports that 47% of all New York City households speak a language other than English in the home. One out of every four New Yorkers do not speak English. As the City's demographics have shifted over the years, complaints about access to health care for immigrants have intensified.
During the fall of 2004, Spanish-speaking members and organizers from Make the Road by Walking interviewed 40 Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients at Jamaica Hospital to ascertain the scope of the problem.
Make the Road New York! Latin American Integration Center and Make the Road by Walking celebrated the announcement of their merger at SEIU 32BJ's Auditorium on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 to a packed audience. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, joined us to celebrate the event.