medical interpreters http://kvpr.org en California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-consider-medical-interpreters-program-second-time <div><p>For the second time in a year, California lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a medical interpreters program. As Capital Public Radio’s Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone reports, the bill’s backers say circumstances are different this time. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div><p>This year’s bill is essentially the same as last year’s. The state would pay interpreters to help Medi-Cal patients who have limited English skills to understand their health care.</p><p>Will Shuck with the California Assembly Speaker’s office says what’s different this year is the timing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:43:08 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 30908 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time Fadiman: In 'Spirit,' "The Villain is Cultural Misunderstanding" http://kvpr.org/post/fadiman-spirit-villain-cultural-misunderstanding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When author Anne </span>Fadiman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> first visited Merced in the late </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, she says more than 10,000 Hmong refugees and their children were living there. At that time, about one out of every six people living in Merced was Hmong, she says.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:23:21 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 17670 at http://kvpr.org Fadiman: In 'Spirit,' "The Villain is Cultural Misunderstanding" Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club http://kvpr.org/post/valley-public-radio-launches-public-radio-book-club <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today we're introducing Homegrown, Valley Public Radio's book club about the Central Valley.</span></p><p>We will read books that shine a light on distinct issues, communities and experiences in the region. We'll air in-depth interviews with authors and panel discussions with local experts about the books. You can listen for the segments on Valley Edition and see online features at KVPR.org.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:55:28 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 16968 at http://kvpr.org Valley Public Radio Launches Public Radio Book Club Valley's Need For Medical Interpreters Could Increase With Health Law http://kvpr.org/post/valleys-need-medical-interpreters-could-increase-health-law <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Mailu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> translates for a Hmong patient, she can’t just repeat the doctor’s orders, word for word. That’s because the Hmong language often doesn’t contain advanced medical terminology, or names for diseases, like diabetes.</span></p><p>“Hmong language is a very difficult language,” Lor said. “We don’t have any dictionary for medical terminology.”</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:07:15 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14014 at http://kvpr.org Valley's Need For Medical Interpreters Could Increase With Health Law