Reducing health care disparities for Deaf residents of NJ

Reducing health care disparities for Deaf residents of NJ

What problem does it solve? This month's budget hearings addressed the importance of resolving disparities in healthcare awareness for all NJ's residents. Disparate health care to individuals with disabilities results in gaps in ensuring accessible heath care services. For NJ's Deaf community, significant challenges exist in accessing global health care information (e.g., lack of access to educational materials in American Sign Language (ASL); exclusion from health related outreach and mass media health care messages.) What is your solution and who does it apply to? Recommend consideration be given to development of an ongoing and website accessible, outreach program on a variety of health care topics to be delivered in American Sign Language to New Jersey's Deaf community. Public service topics can be drawn from the vast amount of health care information available on NJ Department of Health websites, and can also can address timely health care concerns (e.g., measles; opiod addition issues; prevention of transmission of cytomegalovirus; ZIKA, etc..) What is the anticipated impact? Provision of comprehensive, timely and visually accessible communication through the use of American Sign Language can help close the gaps in health care disparity that exist for New Jersey's Deaf community and empower our culturally Deaf residents the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health.


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