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Spanish
According to the U.S. Census, the estimated number of Hispanics in the U.S. as of July 1, 2005 is 42.7 million. This figure means that the U.S. has the fifth largest Hispanic population worldwide (trailing Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina).
Arabic
In December 2003, the U.S. Census bureau released data for the first time on the Arab population of the United States. The cities with largest Arab American populations are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
French
The 2000 U.S. census estimates that 1.6 million Americans over the age of five speak French at home, making it the third most-spoken language in the country, behind English and Spanish.
Hindi
In 2006, of the 1,266,264 immigrants to the U.S. from all the countries, 58,072 were from India. Indians, along with other Asians, have one of the highest educational qualifications of all ethnic groups in the US with almost 67% of all Indians with a bachelor's or high degree.
Korean
Los Angeles, with its Koreatown district, is home to the largest population of Koreans outside of Asia. In a 2005 United States Census Bureau survey, an estimated 432,907 Koreans in the U.S. were native-born Americans, and 973,780 were foreign-born.
Russian
Russia covers about one-eighth of the world's land surface, making it the world's largest country. In the U.S., Russian is frequently spoken in areas of Alaska, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco and New York City.
Somali
Between 1992 and 2005, 64,439 persons born in Somalia were admitted to the United States as refugees. Today, Minnesota has the highest population of Somalis in North America.
Amharic
Ethiopia is credited with being the origin of mankind after bones that date back 3.2 million years were discovered in eastern Ethiopia. U.S.-Ethiopian relations were established in 1903. The 2000 U.S. Census estimates the number of foreign-born Ethiopians in the U.S. at 69,530.
Chinese
Chinese people were some of the early immigrants to live in the U.S. They make up the largest Asian population in the U.S. today comprising of 1.2% of the whole population.
Vietnamese
There are over 988,000 foreign born from Vietnam in the U.S. Even though they represent the 5th largest immigrant group in the country, Vietnamese immigrants account for just over 3% of the total foreign-born population.
Training For Medical Staff

We show health professionals how to more quickly and effectively communicate with clients who aren't fluent in English.

Participants learn from experts how to:

  • overcome cultural barriers to open communication
  • help patients and clients clearly state problems and symptoms
  • effectively communicate through trained and untrained interpreters

Our two-hour workshops are packed full of practical information, and can be held at your convenience on-site, as webinars, or in one of our training facilities.

Call us today at 703-549-7060 for more information or to schedule a training. We offer a variety of providers' workshops throughout the year. They include:

How to Communicate Effectively through an Interpreter (HTC):
A 2-hour workshop that introduces health and human services providers to the profession of interpreting, why it is necessary and how to most effectively use an interpreter at the workplace. HTC is designed for mixed audiences of both monolingual and bilingual staff at all levels of an organization.

Health Care Beyond Words and Barriers, our Summer Provider Education Webinar Series offers five 90-minute workshops on:
  • Health Literacy
  • Building a Linguistically and Culturally Competent Workforce
  • Interpreting in Health Care and Community Settings
  • Cultural Competency and Cultural Diversity
  • Health Care in Cultural Perspective


  • All provider's workshops are available upon request in the format of on-site workshops or webinar series.

    For questions and registration, contact our Testing and Training department at 703-549-7060 or email at testandtrain@nvahec.org .