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How Language Access Affects Social Determinants of Health

Across the healthcare industry and public health sector, there is a growing recognition that language access has a significant impact on social determinants of health (SDOH). By addressing language-related barriers, healthcare organizations can improve access to medical services, promote health literacy and equity, facilitate culturally competent care, and improve outcomes. In this article, CEO Kristin Quinlan of Certified Languages International explores how language access affects SDOH and explains how organizations can contribute to reducing health disparities and promoting health equity for linguistically diverse populations.