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Language barriers compound disease, trauma for Southeast Asian refugees

This is a picture of Theanvy Kuoch, executive director of Khmer Health Advocates.

Many of those who came to Connecticut as refugees from Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 80s live with multiple chronic medical conditions, depression and post-traumatic stress. But often, they get medical care without access to trained interpreters to help bridge language barriers that can make it difficult to communicate their symptoms, understand how to handle medication, or build the trust needed to address the effects of trauma. Continue Reading →

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