Connection is an interdisciplinary service-based health equity app
connects volunteer translators and interpreters to private health care
facilities. Through this app, volunteers will be recruited and screened before
being connected with a facility.
Our mission is to address the language barrier between Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients and their healthcare providers to provide better patient experiences and outcomes.
We are currently seeking individuals with language, app development, or management skills and experience.
We are always recruiting and looking for new members and opportunities. To join or inquire, use the button or contact form.
Arleen Lopez is a Junior at Rutgers University-Newark Honors College, pursuing a double major in Neuroscience (B.A) and Biology (B.A) with a psychology concentration. Arleen works at RWBJ Newark Beth Israel as a Medical Scribe, and serves as project manager for an electrophysiology lab at the Center of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her previous experience volunteering and working with the community of Newark led her into creating Language Connection. As an immigrant she had experienced the language disparity in healthcare directly, and hopes to help her community get the treatment they deserve.Connect
Reyna Moreira is an alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.S in Science (General) and a minor in French and Francophone studies. While at Penn State, she volunteered in a Global Medical Brigades service trip to Honduras where she shadowed physicians and provided translation services for them in triaging patients. She is now a graduate student pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Science at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in Newark NJ. She has faithfully worked in under-served communities as an EMT in Newark, Irvington, and Hoboken squads. Due to this past exposure and her personal life experiences as a proud daughter of immigrants, her passion for the intersect of language and patient care has inspired her to help develop Language Connection. She has seen first-hand the need for trustworthy accessible language translation in the healthcare field in our communities and wanted to make a positive difference.Connect
Katherine Chavarria is a senior at Montclair State University, pursuing a B.S in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Among other endeavors, she is lab manager of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab and a member of the EMS squad at Montclair State University. Outside of school, she works as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her experiences in the healthcare field have led to the development of Language Connection, in an effort to break down the language barrier that exists in healthcare and improve the quality of care given to non-English speaking individuals.Connect
Harrison Chiu is a senior at Rutgers-University Newark finishing a major in Biology and minor in Spanish, looking to pursue certifications in Spanish and Mandarin medical interpretation to address disparities in the health field as he enters NJMS this August.Connect