Health disparities and the applied linguist

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Santos, Maricel G.
Showstack, Rachel
Martínez, Glenn
Colcher, Drew
Magaña, Dalia
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2023
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Health Disparities and the Applied Linguist bridges theory and practice to demonstrate how applied linguists are uniquely positioned to make vital contributions towards advancing health equity in the U.S. As language, power, and health are deeply interconnected, learning to articulate these connections is essential to understanding persistent health disparities in linguistically minoritized communities. This book offers a nuanced portrait of the complex interactions of social and environmental factors underlying health disparities in the U.S., beginning with a brief introduction to key theories linking language, power, and health, and a historical overview of significant language-related healthcare legislation. Real-life examples from diverse contexts in clinics, classrooms, and communities reinforce the ways in which we can mobilize our knowledge as applied linguists and become engaged in social justice efforts in our communities. The authors encourage critical conversations about health equity in multilingual contexts and emphasize the urgent need for cross-disciplinary problem-solving and collaborations. The volume is a must-read for students, scholars, and practitioners in applied linguistics and language education, and anybody interested in working at the intersection of language and health. Copyright 2023 Taylor & Francis.

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Maricel G. Santos, Rachel Showstack, Glenn Martínez, Drew Colcher, Dalia Magaña ; with afterword by Pilar Ortega (2022) Health disparities and the applied linguist (1st ed.) New York, NY : Routledge, 162 pages.https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003041184
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