Community of Bilingual English-Spanish Speakers

A pipeline program to increase linguistic and geographic diversity in STEM + Healthcare

There is an increasing number of Spanish-speaking patients in hospitals across the nation, so why aren't there more Spanish-English bilingual providers and researchers?  In the Northern Nevada region (Washoe County), approximately 25% of residents are bilingual. Importantly, access to a bilingual translator in hospitals and clinics is very limited given the dearth in bilingual hospitalists, nurses, and specialized physicians. In addition, bilingual competency in the STEM fields and in the medical curriculum is low which underscores the need to increase the number of bilingual, practicing physicians in urban and rural communities. The Community of Bilingual English-Spanish Speakers (CBESS), a pipeline program to increase linguistic and geographic diversity in STEM + Health, seeks to increase the number of bilingual English-Spanish students who pursue paths in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM)-healthcare fields such as biomedical, behavioral and clinical careers. 

The Latino Research Center and School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Raggio Research Center, will create opportunities to position bilingual K-12 high school students as insiders into STEM-healthcare fields.  In other words, these students will be well-equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to participate in continuing their education in a clinical or research workforce, and thereby, become well-rounded individuals.  

The Project

The University of Nevada, Reno and the Raggio Research Center is developing this program through a cooperative agreement with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA). This project is supported by the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health under Award Number 5R25MD019151-02. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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