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YVFWC offers a free Spanish immersion program for its providers

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is aware that the majority of their patients speak Spanish, and to better communicate with them the clinic offers its providers the chance to go through the Pop Wuj program.

"The program that we use is called Pop Wuj and it is in Xela, Guatemala and it provides an opportunity to learn Spanish," said Rachel Lierman with YVFWC.

Elizabeth Jacobson is one of many providers that has gone through the program.

"When I took this job I knew that the community I was going to be serving," Jacobson explained, "that the majority speaks Spanish as their only language, so I wanted to be able to connect with my patients on a better level."

That's why when Jacobson learned about the four-week program, she immediately signed up.

"I didn't know any Spanish, couldn't understand anything," she admitted. "I think one of the most rewarding things is just all the interactions with the Guatemalan people. I mean, every person was just so thankful and so welcoming."

The clinic says they will continue to offer this program and hopes that more providers take advantage of this opportunity because it's completely free for them.

"We send physicians, practitioners, physician assistants... and over the course of two years we've had 21 providers go," Lierman said.

Jacobson also adds that while in Xela, Guatemala they were able to work in a clinic, and that was very eye-opening because she saw how much the people there need proper medical attention.

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