Announcing VIA’s 2013 Translation Grant Program Winners

This is one of my favorite times each year. Not only because of the spectacular fall weather, but because I get the honor of announcing this year’s grant winners. Our Annual Translation Grant Program awards $1,500 of in-kind translation services to two separate organizations that share our philosophy of improving healthcare access for limited English proficiency communities.

We received a record number of applications this year from organizations across the country – all doing incredible work in their communities.  It was extremely difficult to narrow the selection down to the following two winners:

Lutheran HealthCare, Brooklyn, New York
Lutheran HealthCare serves a diverse, largely non-English speaking, immigrant community in Southwest Brooklyn. As a result of the growth in immigrant seniors in the community, they are working on a new website that includes a wide variety of information for seniors which they will translate into several different languages.

North East Medical Services, San Francisco, California
North East Medical Services is one of the largest community Health Centers in the United States servicing the medically underserved Asian population. They are currently working on translating materials for Affordable Care Act outreach and a new program for pediatric patients.

VIA is proud to support initiatives that further education, understanding, and access to healthcare coverage and services for seniors, children and previously uninsured populations. Congratulations to this year’s winners!


About the author:  Karen Donovan is the VP of Healthcare for VIA. Her background encompasses working with stakeholders across a wide range of the spectrum, providing strategic solutions for health systems, providers, vendors and insurers in today’s ever evolving US healthcare delivery system. Read more from this author

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