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New Webinars Added in Multilingual Health Research Forum Online Series

Join PolicyLab and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) team members for two upcoming webinars in the MARS Multilingual Health Research Forum online series, brought to you by the team at Short Course on Multilingual Approaches to Research Studies (MARS).  


Applying Plain Language in Multilingual Research 

June 18, 2024 

3:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM PT 

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Participants will be able to: 

  • Define Plain Language for Multilingual Research.  

  • Review and Practice with Plain Language Writing Guidelines. 

  • Identify Readability Resources for English and Spanish Documents. 


Amy Olen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Translation & Interpreting Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from The University of Texas at Austin and master’s Degrees in Translation Studies and Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amy is a Spanish-English medical and community interpreter with experience as a hospital staff interpreter and a freelance and contract interpreter. Her research interests include medical interpreting in pediatrics, linguistic rights, and language access services in community interpreting settings. She also translates Latin American prose, poetry, and literary criticism.  


Translation of Multilingual Research Materials: Beyond the Basics 

June 24, 2023 

1:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM MT / 10:00 AM PT 

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Participants will be able to: 

  • Evaluate options for managing a translation problem identified after a survey is in the field. 

  • Understand the potential pitfalls of of using existing validated translations of survey measures. 

  • Identify methods of analyzing qualitative data collected in non-English languages. 


Lisa Ross DeCamp, MD, MSPH is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and an attending at Children's Hospital Colorado. She is affiliated with the Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), and core faculty in the Latino Research and Policy Center at the Colorado School of Public Health. As a bilingual clinician scientist, she studies health disparities among Latino children in immigrant families, and works in an academic primary care clinic largely serving Medicaid-insured children. She has expertise in the clinical care and research participation of individuals using languages other than English, has led health system care improvement initiatives, and provides formal consultation for researchers seeking to enroll multilingual participants. 

About the Short Course on MARS 

The Short Course on MARS uses hands-on, interactive training to promote research design and research inclusion for participants who speak languages other than English. Our goal is to convene multidisciplinary researchers and invested research trainees for shared learning, problem solving, and community building.  

Course leadership share more about what attendees can expect to learn in this video, and course alumni share about their experience in this blog post.  

This short course is presented by Language Services, Clinical Futures and PolicyLab at CHOP and Penn State University Applied Linguistics, and is funded by NICHD (R25HD101359). 

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Interested in learning more about PolicyLab’s emphasis on achieving health equity for all? Explore our Health Equity portfolio here and read more about a PolicyLab-funded project looking to identify best practices to conduct research that aims to reverse long-standing trends in scientific racism.