On Friday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m., U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra will visit Flushing, Queens where he and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) will take part in a roundtable conversation with local immigration advocates to highlight the importance of supporting immigrant communities through the expansion of language access programs and health care.
Language accessibility and culturally competent health care for those with limited English proficiency are issues that Meng and HHS have worked on for years. For many in immigrant communities, such as those in Queens and the rest of the New York area, the availability of information in languages other than English is essential for proactive engagement with the health care system as well as with government programs. Becerra’s trip to the World’s Borough comes as New York and the nation wrap up Immigrant Heritage Month. As Secretary of HHS, which works to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, Becerra serves as a member of President Biden’s Cabinet and was confirmed for the position in March 2021.