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City Partners with Service Agencies to Host Language Access Forum

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**The City of Bowling Green's Web Site www.bgky.org**

TO: ALL NEWS ORGANIZATIONS
DATE: April 25, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**FOR MORE INFORMATION**

**CONTACT:**

**Leyda Becker
270.393.3766**

**City Partners with Service Agencies to Host Language Access Forum**

Bowling Green, KY -The City of Bowling Green's International Communities
Advisory Council, in collaboration with community partners, is hosting
a forum, **Speaking the Language of Care:  Communicating Effectively
with Limited English Proficient Patients**. This event will bring
together medical professionals, community service providers, and Managed
Care Organizations. Discussion will include legal, business, patient,
and quality of care improvements with the successful implementation of
language access practices.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about resources
available to overcome barriers in effectively providing interpretation
and translation services. Additionally, local provider panelists will
share their own successes and challenges implementing language access
plans in their organizations. Provider representatives will be available
from Kentucky's five Managed Care Organizations to assist administrative
staff with MCO specific questions.

As a joint effort of numerous community organizations and individuals,
we invite you to join us in this exciting collaboration. The forum will
take place on Wednesday, April 30th with the options of choosing between
two sessions, the first one from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and the second one
from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences
Complex, 700 1st Ave, Bowling Green KY 42101. A light lunch will be
provided.  Continued Education Units will be avaialble for Nursing. 
Interested participants must pre-register by Sunday, April 27th at
http://www.casoky.org/languageforum
(http://www.casoky.org/languageforum) 

The 2014 Language Access Forum is sponsored by Coventry Cares of
Kentucky in partnership with the City of Bowling Green's International
Communities Advisory Council and the following community partners:
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Barren River District Health Department,
Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Fairview Community Health Center,
Humana-Caresource, Kentucky Office of Refugees, Passport Health Plan,
South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center, Wellcare, Western
Kentucky Mutual Assistance Association, and Western Kentucky University.

For more information contact International Communities Liaison, Leyda
Becker at (270) 393-3766 or email at leyda.becker@bgky.org
(mailto:leyda.becker@bgky.org)