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Spanish Course Designed to Prepare Health Care Providers to Communicate Better

9/1/2009 —

Penn State York is offering a new course for fall designed to prepare persons in the health care and medical fields to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients and clients. Spanish for Health Care Providers is geared to professionals with little or no formal background in Spanish and will provide the necessary language and vocabulary to facilitate better communication between health care providers and the growing Spanish-speaking community in York. The course begins Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6 – 8 p.m., and continues through Dec. 16 with no class the week of Thanksgiving.

Through readings, exercises, and interactive classroom activities, participants will learn medical vocabulary and colloquial terms that will help them obtain patient histories, medical insurance, and other important information that may not be easily obtained because of language barriers. In addition to workplace Spanish, the course provides transcultural training. To assure a quality educational experience class size is limited to 20 students. Cost for the course is $200 plus the cost of the textbook.

For more information about Hispanic and Latino programming at Penn State York, contact Judy Woods in the continuing education office at 717-771-4032 or e-mail her at jxw69@psu.edu. Visit our Web site at www.ce.yk.psu.edu/hispanic_latino.html for more information.

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