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Class of 2022: Lauren Cerda finds cultural bridge between language and health

Posted by on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 in Spotlight.

Discussing a diagnosis with a doctor can be scary and confusing even under the best of circumstances. But when a language barrier is involved, the likelihood of a misunderstanding is far greater. Medicine, health and society and Spanish double major Lauren Cerda hopes someday to alleviate that problem as a translator and bilingual physician.

“The idea of collaboration is so important because I want to be a comfort for the patient to understand their illness, but also help the health care provider to understand the patient as a whole person,” said Cerda, who grew up in Houston.

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