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Language and cultural barriers account for 37% of health care access problems in the US. Compare this to the inability to afford health care, which accounts for 18% of access problems.

Be part of the solution.

Gain the language skills and cultural competency needed to provide high quality health care today. 

We are currently accepting applications 
for the Spring 2017 session

The Programs

Somos Hermanos offers a 5-Month Immersion Program which runs twice per year (January to June and July to December).

Our program combines intensive one-on-one Spanish language instruction, family homestays, cultural activities, field trips, expert lectures, and socially relevant volunteering.  

If you want to gain the language skills and cultural competency required to provide quality health care to Latino patients, if you want to open your eyes to new realities, Somos Hermanos is for you.  

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The Need

Language and cultural barriers account for 37 percent of health care access problems; compare this to 18 percent resulting from affordability.1

“Patients who face language barriers are less likely than others to have a usual source of medical care; they receive preventive services at reduced rates; and they have an increased risk of nonadherence to medication.”2

Latinos comprise the largest minority group in the US – they currently make up 14 percent of the US population, and are anticipated to make up 29 percent of the population by 2050.3

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The Impact

Somos Hermanos has trained more than 350 health care and social service providers in Spanish language and cultural competency over the last 10 years.

“The Somos Hermanos program has helped me connect with every Spanish-speaking patient that I have encountered in a way that would have been impossible before.”
--Mojdeh Toomarian, MD, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Fall 2007 participant


Students have participated from universities across the US, from Los Angeles to Montana, and are now putting their skills to use as doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, lawyers and therapists.

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1. National Healthcare Disparities Report. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2005.
Glenn Flores, Language Barriers to Health Care in the United States, New England Journal of Medicine, 2006, 355: 229- 231
Jeffry S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn, U.S. Population Projections: 2005 – 2050. Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends, February 11, 2008