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Limited English Proficiency

Around 40% of foreign-born Minnesotans have a limited English proficiency, compared to about 1% of U.S. born Minnesotans with a limited English proficiency. Adults and children with a limited English proficiency usually face more health disparities, poverty and miscommunication.


Individuals with limited English proficiency may speak any other language besides English. They may be learners of the English language, but may not be able to speak it fluently.

Medical Care/Medical Barriers/Medical Beliefs:

Medical barriers that  limited English proficiency individuals face are language, racial, and speaking barriers. The lack of English may cause misunderstanding between the healthcare provider and the individual. Every limited English proficiency individual may have their own medical beliefs, depending on their culture and traditions.

Life Expectancy:

Life expectancy could fluctuate, depending on their biological race, lifestyle, and other factors. 


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