We not only need quality care we need culturally competent care. Which is why I loved Samuel Alcocer story. A moment of personal need was a rallying call to provide services to his community.
One of his wisdom teeth had erupted into a throbbing, painful ache. At the time, Alcocer, a native of Santa Cruz in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, spoke no English. No one at the clinic spoke Spanish. So he and the receptionist resorted to gestures, to little avail.
Seventeen years later, he helps to make sure others don’t have a similar experience, working as a Spanish translator at the same clinic in Minneapolis, now called NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.
More importantly by being a healthy community we become a stronger community. Better workers, creators, entrepreneurs and US citizens. Which is why this healthcare reform has our community front and center. If we can plug-in and take care of ourselves in this new scheme our success is guaranteed.
“That Latinos are welcome, that new immigrants are welcome, and that enrolling in Obamacare is not going to trigger any punitive immigration action from the government against your family,” Zingale said. “But I think it’s going to be a constant endeavor to get that across.’”
To read more: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/09/health/latino-health-care