We at VIA are excited to announce that our 2013 Translation Grant Program is officially open!
In case you didn’t know, our annual translation grant program awards a total of $3,000 of in-kind translation to two healthcare organizations and/or programs that support language access.
Just like our healthcare partners and customers, the VIA team is passionate about improving healthcare access for underserved, limited English proficiency (LEP) communities. We also feel strongly about giving back, so that’s why we have maintained our tradition of awarding translation grants to healthcare organizations that are actively working to decrease disparities and improve communication efforts with their LEP populations.
If this sounds like your organization, we welcome you to apply. The deadline for applications is September 28, 2013 and recipients will be selected by October 18, 2013. Click here to learn more and get the application.
Best of luck!
It’s with pleasure to announce this year’s Healthcare Translation Grant recipients. The VIA annual donation program is one of the ways that VIA gives back to the community each year. This grant awards $1500 of in-kind translation services to two, separate innovative healthcare organizations that that strive to improve healthcare access for underserved, limited English speaking (LEP) communities here in the U.S.
1. Washington Regional Medical Foundation
The Marshallese Translation Program at Washington Regional Medical Foundation is dedicated to serving the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas. With having served 846 Marshallese residents last year, it is the hope of this program to use the VIA grant in order to translate nursery discharge education materials and consent forms for treatment, blood transfusion and anesthesia. Iliana Rivera, Language Service Coordinator, says that, “we are very grateful to have been selected as the 2012 VIA Grant Program winner. Washington Regional is committed to providing equal and quality care to all regardless of any language barriers. This generous grant will help us immensely in providing much-needed Labor & Deliver discharge information and education to our Marshallese patients and their families.”
2. Providence Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program (in Washington D.C.)
Providence Hospital has created an outpatient Diabetes Education Program in order to provide understanding to those afflicted with diabetes in the District of Columbia. This program aims to reach members of its community who are at-risk to developing diabetes-related complications. With VIA’s grant, it is the goal of Providence Hospital to provide diabetes education materials to their Arabic, French, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, and Vietnamese communities in order to improve quality of life for all. “It is so meaningful and fulfilling to provide information regarding diabetes to our community. People are concerned and hungry for education and materials that they can read, understand and refer to on an ongoing basis,” says Robin Martinez, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Providence Hospital.
Thanks to the healthcare team and VIA for making this possible.