Hablamos Juntos means "We speak together."
Hablamos Juntos is a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and administered by the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education & Research, a major educational and clinical branch of the UCSF School of Medicine. UCSF Fresno represents a unique medical education and physician training program that is a model for community and university partnership. Since its inception 30 years ago, UCSF Fresno has graduated approximately 60 resident physicians annually in one of seven specialties, totaling more than 2,000 to date. UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents also care for the overwhelming majority of the area's underserved populations at partner hospitals and clinics.
How do you say Hablamos Juntos?
Hablamos Juntos will develop affordable models
for health care organization to offer language services by
funding ten demonstration sites in regions with new and fast-growing
Latino populations. For an overview of the program in PDF format
that discusses the rationale for the initiative, please click
Our demonstration sites, health care organizations,
in both rural and urban communities, are located across the
country in ten states. They include two:
- Health plans
- Four hospital focused program
- Two community based organizations
- Two educational institutions.
Diversity in organization type will help
us learn of opportunities and challenges present in different
organizational environments. For more information about the
Hablamos Juntos Demonstration Sites, please click
Seven program requirements guide the development
of models to break down language barriers in three important
areas for improving communication:
1. Increasing the availability
and quality of interpreter services for Spanish-speaking
patients in health care facilities. This includes
developing community run college level training
programs for training interpreters and piloting
tools to assess language proficiency and interpreter
readiness. Also included are systems change
within health care organizations and the use
of technology to enable communication with
non English speaking patients where ever they
seek care. To learn more about interpreter
services, please click
useful health care related materials
in Spanish. This includes guidelines
for developing materials that
are more effective in conveying
health information in a way that
increases patient understanding
than materials translated from
English. To learn more about
Spanish materials development,
3. Developing easy-to-understand ways for
non-English speaking patients to navigate health care facilities.
This includes newly developed and testing symbols for health
signage that will prove more effective at guiding patients.
To learn more about the HJ signage project, please click
For a detailed description of the Hablamos Juntos program requirements,