Accessibility to Healthcare in the Time of COVID-19

Taking Language and Culture into Consideration

During this virtual conversation, we will explore factors contributing to these disparities like access to healthcare, language barriers, cultural barriers, and pervasive discrimination.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview public health data around COVID-19 to understand where health disparities are currently manifesting
  • Identify largest hurdles to accessing care – Identify cultural barriers and behaviors complicating access
  • Review access rights of patients and compliance obligations of providers
  • Discuss solutions and outreach programs to promote return to care


  • Moderator: Marina Hadjioannou Waters, JD, MPH, President of LUNA Language Services
  • Brian E. Dixon, PhD, MPA FACMI, FHIMSS, Director of Public Health Informatics, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • Dr. Carrie Leathers, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics primary care provider, Eskenazi Health Center Pecar
  • Staci Walters, MPH, Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, Shalom Health Care Center

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