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April 20th, 2009
Special Feature
Nolan Zane on the Challenges Immigrants Face Getting Health Care

Nolan Zane: …many times immigrants – particularly is not those that don’t have English as a first second language – they can’t find a therapist or counselor that speaks the language they speak. So even if a person is inclined to seek care, they won’t find it in their community. This is a major problem for Asian Americas because they are a small minority and very spread out across the nation – they are concentrated in places like Texas and Chicago. But if you are an Asian American and you live in the suburb and want to come in for services, the likelihood of a mental health center in your neighborhood having a counselor who speaks your language – not English but your primary language – is quite low.

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