JayDoc is a free clinic run almost entirely by volunteers by KU Medical School. JayDoc aims to serve the indigent, Hispanic, uninsured, and underinsured populations in Greater Kansas City. Nearly 75 percent of JayDoc’s patients are Spanish speakers, making the need to have interpreters on hand a necessity. Several pre-med KU students, that also know Spanish, volunteer as interpreters to gain experience before applying to medical school.
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MICHAEL GARRETT: Here at the JayDoc Free Health Clinic, Spanish-speaking KU students volunteer to help the Hispanic community of Kansas City.
GARRETT: JayDoc is a student-run clinic from KU Med School, supervised by attending physicians. Nearly 75 percent of JayDoc’s patients are Spanish speakers, making the need for interpreters essential. Ashley Clark, JayDoc Interpreter Coordinator, says it’s difficult to find medical students that know how to speak Spanish.
ASHLEY CLARK: As far as communicating with the patients we can’t expect our medical students to all speak multiple languages. So we reached out to a lot of interpreting programs and we have a significant number of volunteer interpreters that come in.
GARRETT: Esteban Marquez, a pre med student from San Juan, Puerto Rico, volunteers as an interpreter at JayDoc. Marquez says his ability to translate helps him to provide people with the medical information they deserve.
ESTEBAN MARQUEZ: Being able to help these people that know no English, they don’t know how to read it, they don’t know how to write it, they don’t know how to speak it. And assessing your health needs is a very important thing in life. You should have the right to food, you should have the right to home, you should have the right to being served when you have health concerns.
GARRETT: Marquez and other interpreters plan to continue volunteering this summer and next semester. For Temas Hispanos, this has been Michael Garrett.