Author Archives: abennink

About abennink

Spanish and English instructor, medical interpreter and health educator. My passion around healthcare, equality, languages and education motivates me to continually seek to develop my skills in each area while also designing ways to use each one to improve the others.

Spanish for Medical Professionals Immersion Course

Though it has been awhile since my last post, I would like to start off a new year of blog writing by promoting a Spanish for medical professionals immersion course that is being offered this summer in Oviedo, Spain. What … Continue reading

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Literature Analysis on Dialect Variants at the CSIC

Today I am writing from Madrid where I am in the midst of my second research stay of the year, this time with the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). The CSIC is the largest research center in Spain and … Continue reading

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Language Laws and Limited English Proficiency

Last week, I discussed the existence of language laws and standards geared towards providing access to quality care for speakers with limited English proficiency (LEP). Though these statutes are not necessarily an aspect that should be taught to medical professionals … Continue reading

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Is knowing the laws related to language in healthcare important?

As I have mentioned, I was recently traveling around the southeast United States conducting and promoting my research in the area of medical Spanish. Though I had previously worked in the US health system with Latino patients, the opportunity to … Continue reading

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I have not forgotten you…

I apologize sincerely for the long absence. This spring has been very intensive between publication deadlines, research stays and conferences. However, that time has allowed me to learn more that will aid me in (hopefully) continually enriching the content of … Continue reading

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Cultural and language support

I have now reached the halfway point of my research trip and have been so fortunate to not only have been met with a high level of interest in my project, but also to have had the honor of meeting … Continue reading

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Certifications and Continuing Education

I have now been traveling around the United States promoting our survey (that I mentioned in last week´s post) for about a week now. It has been a wonderful experience to meet interpreters and bilingual medical professionals and share stories … Continue reading

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