01/26/17- “Language Barriers in Healthcare: How to Eliminate Them, and Key Ethical and Policy Issues”

Donald N. Medearis, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture

Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP
Distinguished Chair of Health Policy Research, Medica Research Institute
Affiliate Professor of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Research Affiliate, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic

Brief Summary of Lecture:

There is a prevalence of limited English proficiency (LEP) in the US, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh. Dr. Flores will identify how language barriers impact pediatric care and articulate the strategies for improving language access for LEP patients and families. Attendees should be able to evaluate the need for professional language services and the negative sequelae of relying on family members and friends to interpret, as well as recognize errors in medical interpretation and their potential clinical consequences. Ultimately, clinicians should be able to advocate for policies at various levels—institutional, political, and health-system-wide—to ensure optimal language services for LEP patients and families.

Start Date: January 26
End Date: January 26
Time: 8-9 a.m.


  • John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3 Conference Center
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224