The ability to communicate effectively is crucial to providing equitable, quality care

Beth Washington, Employee

Burmese Interpreter with family

The Battle Creek area is a designated government resettlement location for Burmese refugees from Myanmar and nearly 2,500 of these refugees currently call the area home. As the Burmese population has grown, so have the numbers served by Bronson. It became apparent that there was a crucial need for qualified medical interpreters in order for us to provide the best possible care for this community.

At the request of our team at Bronson Inclusion & Equity, the Bronson Health Foundation was made aware of the need for medical interpreters and the lack of resources available to train individuals to interpret in a medical setting. In 2017, the Foundation stepped up and supplied the funding needed to send six interpreters for training. Bronson now has a contract with the Burma Center for ongoing interpretation services.

Thanks to the Bronson Health Foundation, the health needs of our local Burmese community are now better served. By doing the right thing, we create an inclusive environment of respect, kindness, compassion and empathy where all people can flourish.