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The recognition of the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage was introduced in 1977 but it was in 1992 that Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Why the month of May? It was chosen by the Congress to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad ad both events occurred in May.
As a translation partner to healthcare organizations across the US, protecting member and patient data is Avantpage’s top priority. That’s why we created AvantShield. This custom-built tool masks PHI during the translation process, ensuring our teams never see sensitive member information. AvantShield then permanently removes PHI before your files are saved in your translation memory. This allows you to save time and money while remaining fully HIPAA compliant.
At Avantpage, we partner with health organizations around the country to improve patient care and health outcomes through translation and language access. Our national, state, and community health plans rely on us for data security. Keeping them in compliance and protecting personal health information (PHI) is our priority.
While English is often the language of choice in business affairs across the globe, it is not always the case for legal proceedings. According to the most recent census, 67.3 million U.S residents speak a language other than English at home. For limited English proficient (LEP) speakers, language access is a civil right in and outside of courts. As Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General expressed: “Barriers to language access can interfere with the capacity of state courts to accurately evaluate the facts and fairly administer justice. And they can also place unfair and unconstitutional burdens on individuals.
Today, April 15th we observe the National ASL Day which is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about American Sign Language.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 61 million adults in the USA live with a disability. This means that 26% of the society, 1 in 4 people, has some type of disability in areas such as mobility, cognition, independent living, deafness, vision, or self-care. Therefore, assuring that the content is accessible for these communities is not only a good practice, but it helps provide equal opportunities for all.