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Dr. Rodgers and Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable discuss the importance of reducing language barriers in health care.

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DR. RODGERS: It’s common to feel overwhelmed at a doctor’s visit. Now imagine if you don’t speak or understand the language.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities explains:

DR. PÉREZ-STABLE: Along with race, ethnicity, poverty, and education, language proficiency plays a role in health disparities. More than 1 in 5 Americans speak a language other than English at home. When it comes to making health decisions, it’s important to be able to share your health concerns. Hospitals and clinics are paying more attention to the need for professional interpreters for languages commonly spoken in the community. Don’t be afraid to ask for an interpreter to help you.

We are committed to addressing language barriers and have health information in multiple languages.

DR. RODGERS: To learn more, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov.

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