UNTHSC plans to develop a Health Interpreting
and Health Applied Linguistics graduate-level program. There are
no graduate-level programs in the U.S. that focus on health applied
linguistics, including interpretation and translation services.
The school will work with partners to provide Spanish-English interpretation
services at selected health care sites through the placement of
student interpreters. UNTHSC also plans on developing quality health-related
Spanish print materials and distributing them to selected health
care sites and to increase awareness of the need for language products
and services; these materials and linguistic testing/consulting
will provide income for the project to achieve self-sustainability.
About the Organization
UNTHSC at Fort Worth is a distinguished public
academic medical center that focuses on research, education, and
patient care. The 15-acre, $107 million complex contains the School
of Public Health, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate
School of Biomedical Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies Program.
The School of Public Health provides leadership to the Texas Institute
for Hispanic Health.
Local community colleges and universities, University
of North Texas Denton; in addition, a number of health organizations
will provide student placement opportunities.
About the Service Area
The demonstration project “Hablenos de
su Salud” will cover 864 square miles where 21% of the population
is Latino in the Fort Worth and Arlington communities of Tarrant
here to view a map of their service area.
Existing Language Services
UNTHSC provider sites have minimal bilingual
staff despite a large Latino population. Also, a limited amount
of written materials have been translated from English to Spanish.
Provider sites do not have readily available interpreter services,
but under Hablenos de su Salud, UNTHSC will supply interpreters
as interns through its training program.
The Latino Population in the Service Area
Latinos in 1990: 139,879
Latinos in 2000: 285,290
% Increase: 104%
Total Population: 1,446,21
Because of immigration and a high birth rate,
Latinos are expected to comprise 30% of the county population by
the year 2020. Latinos in North Texas are mostly of Mexican descent
(79.8%) who immigrated seeking employment opportunities. The average
age is 24, and males are over-represented. Males tend to immigrate
to Texas first, and once they’ve acquired a job and housing,
their family follows. English literacy among Latinos is often low,
but many Latinos are Spanish-literate. Less than a third of Latinos
are enrolled in some level of academic instruction, mostly elementary
school or secondary school (75%) and college (10%). Less than half
of Latinos are high school graduates and less than 10% are college
graduates, lower than other ethnic groups. Cattle stockyards, agriculture,
construction, and the service industry (restaurant and hotel) are
the most common employers of Latinos.
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