America has always been a melting pot, bringing people from all cultures together in the pursuit of happiness. This diversity creates tremendous opportunities for our nation to learn and come to love other cultures from around the globe. It can also create challenges for those for whom English is not their primary language.
One of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. continues to be the Hispanic population, which reached 57 million people in 2015, or 17.6 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
To better connect with this growing population, many organizations, including health care systems, have put forth efforts to make care as accessible as possible and to communicate in their own language. This includes offering bi-lingual staff, interpreters and Spanish-language material.
But the need continues to grow.
Recently, Aurora Cancer Care made a commitment to give Spanish-speaking patients more options for care in their native language in Wisconsin. We’ve opened the Aurora Cancer Care Spanish Clinic at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, where our team works with patients and their families in their language.
Dr. Federico Sanchez serves as the medical director of the clinic. Hear him explain why the clinic serves such a vital role in our community.
A cancer diagnosis can be a difficult one, but patients find comfort in knowing their care team can communicate with them in their native language. To learn more about clinic, call us at 414-384-5111, or visit aurora.org/cancer for more information.