FHSU to offer 'Spanish for Health Care Professionals' during spring semester
12/07/2004

The Department of Modern Languages at Fort Hays State University is pleased to announce a new 10-week Spanish course designed specifically for health care professionals.

Developed in conjunction with Hays Medical Center, this course will provide participants the basic skills necessary to better meet the health care needs of the growing Hispanic community in western Kansas.

" Research shows that patients respond more positively when their health care providers try to communicate with them in their native language," said Keith Woodall, instructor. "This in turn improves the health care outcomes for this underserved population."

FHSU will offer "Spanish for Health Care Professionals" from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. on Thursday nights from Jan. 13-March 17. The class will meet in the Hadley conference rooms at Hays Medical Center and is limited to 26 participants. This course may be taken as a credit-bearing course, which offers two hours of undergraduate credit, or as a non-credit bearing class. Hays Medical Center will provide continuing education credit for the course.

Using a variety of Internet resources and a Spanish textbook specific to health care, students will acquire the basic Spanish language skills necessary to interview, assess and manage patients in a clinical setting, covering topics such as maternity, pediatrics, chronic diseases, drug/alcohol addiction and dental concerns. Students will also acquire the vocabulary and phrases necessary to explain tests and procedures, the emergency room and hospital forms.

An important focus of this class will be to discuss the cultural considerations and barriers that often make communication with and treatment of members of the Hispanic community more difficult.

For information on course costs and content, contact Keith Woodall at (785) 628-4244 or kwoodall@fhsu.edu. To register for the course, current students should contact their academic advisors. New or non-degree seeking students should complete the online registration form at http://secure.fhsu.edu/vcenroll.


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