New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) is co-sponsoring a medical interpreting seminar, “Language Access for All: Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Practice,” October 19, 2007, 9AM to 4PM, at Lipton Hall, NYU School of Law, 108 West 3rd Street, NYC.

This seminar brings together health professionals, educators, policymakers, medical interpreters, and others to discuss the challenge of providing quality health care in a multitude of languages. With a keynote address, panel discussions, and a town hall meeting, the seminar offers a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with experts in the field.

Following the keynote address, ‘Disparities in Healthcare and Language Access’, given by Dr. Mariano Rey, director of the Centers for Health Disparities and Senior Associate Dean for Community Health, NYU Medical Center, leaders in the field of medical translation and interpretation present the latest modalities, and experts from area hospitals discuss how to ascertain and assure quality language services and how to collect, evaluate, and utilize data to develop language programs to serve specific communities. The seminar closes with a town hall meeting and discussion with legislative policymakers, hospitals, and language access providers.

This seminar is co-sponsored with New York-Presbyterian, the University Hospital of Columbia, and Cornell.

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Reporters interested in attending the seminar should call Christopher James at 212.998.6876 or

About The SCPS Department of Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting:
For over two decades the NYU translation and interpreting programs have based their education and training on three concepts: academic responsibility, high-level pragmatism, and real world situations. Over the last few years, intensive developments at the local, state and national level have augmented awareness of the need for culturally sensitive healthcare services for limited English speaking patients. In response to this need, in 2004, NYU launched its first certificate program to train medical interpreters in Spanish/English and Russian/English.

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Founded in 1934, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) is among the 14 colleges and schools that comprise New York University, one of the largest private research universities in the United States. Through its faculty, curricula and vibrant professional and academic networks, NYU-SCPS captures the expertise of key sectors where New York leads globally: Real Estate and Construction Management (through the NYU Real Estate Institute); Hospitality, Tourism, Sports Management (through the NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center); Philanthropy (through the NYU George H. Heyman Center);Global Affairs; Communications Media, Publishing, Digital Arts, Design; Business, Marketing, Finance; and the Liberal and Applied Arts, among others. Rigorous and timely programs in these and related areas attract full-time undergraduate and graduate students immersed in university life, working professionals in 14 graduate programs, motivated adults earning undergraduate degrees (through the Paul McGhee Division), and New Yorkers of all backgrounds enrolled in approximately 2,500 continuing education courses, certificate programs, conferences, and seminars annually.

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