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Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
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10th Floor East
Richmond, VA 23219

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Language Needs Assessments of Virginia's Health Districts  

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Virginia rankings...
  • top 15 states for refugee resettlement
  • top 10 states with the largest immigrant resident population
  • top 10 states for intended residence of new arrivals
Virginia trends...
between 1990 – 2010
  • the Asian population nearly tripled
  • the Hispanic population nearly quadrupled
between 2000 - 2013
  • the number of students receiving English as a Second Language (ESL) through Virginia public schools more than tripled (from 36,799 to 125,857)
American Community Survey 2006 findings...
  • 14.7% of Virginia residents over age 5 speak a language other than English at home.  Of this population....
    • 42% speak English "less than well"
    • 20% live in "linguistically isolated households" (households where no member 14 years old and over speaks "only English" or ...speaks English "very well")

The impact of these demographic changes is felt throughout the service sector, but is particularly apparent in health care.  In an effort to assist health care providers meet the needs of our changing demographics, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHHE) has created this Resource Guide.

Documents and links to information developed by organizations external to VDH in this resource directory are for your convenience. VDH OMHHE does not control or guarantee their accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness.  Inclusion in this resource directory is not intended to be an endorsement of any views expressed or of any products or services offered 

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