Community Connections — Reducing language barriers to improve health care
The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services works with refugees from Afghanistan to acclimate them to American culture and settle into their new lives. While most of the men speak English ― having served as translators for U.S. armed forces overseas ― the women face a land of confusion not speaking the language. For their Community Connections coursework, three master’s-degree leadership students work to reduce that language barrier and make health care services more culturally inclusive. The nurses broke out of their comfort zone to tackle a problem they did not know existed. The result: jobs for highly skilled members of the community and an eye-opening experience for the students themselves.