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Bilingual workshop focuses on health care

Health care made the top of the list in fall 2004, when Yampa Valley residents met to discuss the issues and needs of the area’s growing non-English-speaking population.

And for the second time since that series of meetings, Comunidad Integrada, or Integrated Community, is making health care the focus of a community meeting.

A workshop on health care will be presented in English and Spanish at 6:30 p.m. today at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

This is the fourth bilingual workshop Comunidad Integrada has sponsored and the second one focusing on health care. Surveys are distributed to participants at each community meeting, and health care is always listed as an issue, Comunidad Integrada Director Summer Laws said.

“It’s a huge issue with the general population,” she said.

But, immigrants unfamiliar with the U.S. health-care system — and the language — are at a bigger disadvantage, she said.

Laws said that immigrants often come from countries with more affordable health care and different prescription drug options.

Children are often called upon to interpret for their parents, which can create confusion, Laws said.

The workshop will talk about finding doctors, engaging interpreters and medicines available over the counter. Representatives from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will speak, as well as chiropractor Linda Lewis.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or

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