October 2014 – English Language Training Targeted to Help Families of Children with Special Medical Needs
An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis center and a local community organization are co-recipients of a Community Health Engagement Program grant of nearly $23,000 to apply academic research to solve a community health issue.
In the pilot project, “Targeted Language Instruction for Limited English Proficiency Latino Families of Infants with Special Needs,” the International Center for Intercultural Communication at IUPUI and Family Voices Indiana will develop a program to teach health-related English to Spanish-speaking parents of infants with special medical needs. The International Center for Intercultural Communication, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, provides educational expertise in English for Specific Purposes. Family Voices Indiana serves families of children with special health care needs.
As project partners, ICIC and Family Voices Indiana will collaborate to develop and facilitate a targeted English-language curriculum for families with children admitted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.