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Health in Every Language: Exploring Equity and Access

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Health in Every Language: Exploring Equity and Access with Mauricio Montes de Oca, Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging Practitioner

Today, we're exploring a topic close to our hearts: the indispensable role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare, with a special focus on language access and community empowerment. We are looking at the heart of healthcare, not just through the lens of medicine, but through the vital perspective of connection and understanding.

My guest today is Mauricio Montes de Oca, a remarkable individual with over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. He is not only a certified medical interpreter; but a visionary who has bridged communication gaps, ensuring equitable access to healthcare services for all. Through his work, he has touched lives, eased tensions, and fostered a deeper understanding across diverse cultures, all while advocating tirelessly for fair and inclusive healthcare practices.

In today's conversation, we talk about the complexities of care and caregiving informed by personal experience, the evolving role of medical interpreters, the humane necessity of language access, and the legal frameworks that support it. We'll explore how healthcare can be more inclusive for non-English speaking minorities, discuss the impact of language barriers on caregivers, patient safety, and share strategies for advocating diversity in healthcare settings. Thank you, Mauricio, for teaching us how we can all contribute to a more equitable and empathetic healthcare system.

Connect with Mauricio on LinkedIn HERE.

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About Mauricio Montes de Oca

With over two decades of dedicated experience in the healthcare industry, my career has been a testament to visionary leadership in diversity, equity, inclusion, language access, and community empowerment. 


Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to assume various roles that have enabled me to make a positive difference through teaching, advocating, collaborating, coaching, facilitating, and leading. As a result of my efforts, I have successfully designed and implemented fair and inclusive initiatives that have enhanced the conditions of diverse and multicultural environments. My commitment to promoting equitable and just practices in these settings has been a driving force in my work.


As a certified medical interpreter, I have spent over 20 years actively bridging communication gaps and ensuring equitable access to healthcare services. This role has not just been about language proficiency; it's been about connecting deeply with individuals from diverse backgrounds and enhancing their healthcare experiences.

I hold a certification in the PERMAH Wellbeing survey, a testament to my commitment to holistic wellness. This accreditation, alongside my passion for innovation and cross-cultural communication, has been crucial in my pursuit of creating thriving, inclusive communities. My ability to navigate intricate situations with ease stems from a deep understanding of cultural nuances and interpersonal dynamics. This skill has enabled me to leave a lasting, positive impact on diverse individuals, easing tensions and fostering greater understanding and empowerment.What drives me is a personal passion rooted in my life experiences. Witnessing the challenges and triumphs of diverse communities has fueled my dedication to advocating for equity and empowerment through effective communication and strategic initiatives.

As I continue this fulfilling journey, my mission remains steadfast: to be a vocal advocate for diversity, to champion equity, and to empower communities. I am particularly interested in collaborating on projects that focus on innovative healthcare solutions and community-driven initiatives.


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