More than 18 percent of families treated at Children's National identify as Latino, and our staff is dedicated to improving the patient experience for these families, including parents who do not speak English. The Crimsonbridge Foundation, which promotes innovative, transformative ways to address social problems, has made a grant of $100,000 to Children's National to strengthen programs and services for Latino families, to ensure that care is linguistically and culturally appropriate.
“It’s essential that all parents have access to information about services and programs to best support their children’s health, well-being, and success,” said Gabriela Smith, president of the Crimsonbridge Foundation.
Specifically, the grant will enable Children’s National to provide more Spanish-language content on its website, facilitate access to services, and improve the patient experience. The web content will include a list of locations, departments, and programs in Spanish, and is expected to launch later this year. The upgrades will offer Spanish speakers access to the same level of web functionality currently available in English.
Martha Parra, MSN, RN, Vice President for Clinical Support Services, says it's a priority to help families understand what services are available and how to access them for all levels of care. “Washington has one of the fastest growing Latino communities in the nation," she said. "We are grateful for this partnership with Crimsonbridge that will allow us to meet the needs for patients and families, and also the greater community.”