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Monday, October 25, 2010

Abuse of a Translator and Interpreter by the Village of Lombard, DuPage County, Illinois USA

My name is Gardenia C. Hung (Fong) Wittler, eldest daughter of Mr. Roberto Hung Mustelier, and Lombard resident homeowner at 502 South Westmore-Meyers Road and Washington Boulevard, Post Office Box 1274, Lombard, Illinois 60148-8274, in DuPage County, citizen of the United States of America. Originally, I was born in Santiago de Cuba, in the province of Oriente, in the country of Cuba, on December 27, 1958, the eldest daughter of Dr. Roberto Hung Mustelier, J.D. and Mrs. Gardenia Fong Ramos, both natural parents of Chinese-Cuban descent, whose grandfathers were Chinese nationals from southern China, Hong Kong, Canton province in mainland China. Since I have lived in the Village of Lombard, I have been a victim of heinous hate crimes, emotional distress, personal tragedy, physical abuse, a broken right toe which has developed into a hammertoe with painful muscle tension around the twisted right ankle (attached photos), harassment, sedition, kidnapping on several occasions, conspiracy, contrived auto accidents due to mechanical failure, motor breakdown, faulty brakes, broken front axle, electrical wiring failure on the motorcycle Derbi Boulevard 150 CC, a broken Sears Craftsman Deluxe Lawn Mower, damaged auto vehicles, victim of criminal disaster roofing for water damages and losses. The Federation of International Translators referred me to the UNESCO Human Rights Commission to file a complaint as a Victim for Abuse of Human Rights in the Village of Lombard, County of Du Page, Illinois in the United States of America. I have been married to former U.S. Navy Postal Clerk Nathan Scott Wittler (Patriquin) during the years of victimization from June 18, 1988 through June 17, 1994, when Nathan S. Wittler filed for a divorce by proxy in West Dummerston, Vermont, New England in the United States of America—since I did not sign the divorce document mailed to me from Windham County, Vermont, the divorce proceeding has not been validated.

For the last seventeen (17) years, I have worked as a legal, medical, technical interpreter and translator while I have lived in the Village of Lombard, in the Counties of Du Page, Cook, Will, Kane, LaSalle, Lake in Illinois, United States of America. During the same period of time, I have been employed as a certified freelance court interpreter and translator for Interlate Systems, Inc. in Elgin and Aurora, Arroyave Languages Academy in Arlington Heights and Highland Park, Palencia Language Services in Chicago, Accurate Translations Bureau in Hinsdale, and other translation agencies in the U.S.A. I have been an active member of the Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association (CHICATA), the American Translators Association (ATA), the International Federation of Translators (FIT) I have been commissioned as an Illinois Notary Public in Cook and Du Page County, Illinois. In addition, I have worked as faculty at the College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn and Lombard for Good Samaritan Hospital, Central Du Page Hospital, National Chiropractic College (NCC) , also known as the University of Health and Sciences in Lombard, as well as for other companies sponsored by the College of Du Page Business Institute Programs for Health Communications.

Prior to living in the western suburbs, during January 1991, I resided on the northwest side of Chicago, while I worked as certified interpreter and translator for Action Translation Bureau in Palos Heights and Carmen Kenny and Associates in Arlington Heights, Illinois upon assignment at the Illinois Industrial Commission Arbitration Center for Workers’ Compensation . In addition, I was hired for temporary assignment by Diplomatic Languages Services based in Arlington, Virginia. Later, I was employed as a medical claims examiner for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWCP), Employment Standards Administration (ESA), General Services Administration (GSA).

During seventeen years of residency in the Village of Lombard as a homeowner, I have participated as an active volunteer for the Lombard Service League, Friends of the Helen M. Plum Library Committee, Friends of the Park, the Lombard Garden Club, Friends of the Court in Wheaton, Court Advocacy Programs in Illinois.

While I growing up, I never had to worry about having a roof above my head and a place to live, until I moved to the Village of Lombard, Du Page County, Illinois, in the United States of America. My great-grandparents and great-great grandparents in mainland China, Taiwan, and Cuba, all owned their own real estate property, private homes, and purchased land parcels to lease to others. All American family members living throughout the United States of America, have real estate holdings today under the same family name. As the eldest daughter of an attorney, judge, and university professor, I was fortunate to have been born with the same family name and real estate land holdings and accounts where my name was listed. Only the Village of Lombard in the York Township community has questioned my human rights in housing under the law after seventeen years (17) years of homeownership as a Lombard resident and U.S. citizen in the State of Illinois during the 21st century—after my Father and I, purchased a Lombard Historical Brick Bungalow at 502 S. Westmore Avenue, at the corner of Washington Boulevard, one block northwest from Westmore Elementary School and one block southeast from St. Pius X Catholic Church and School, only three blocks from the Illinois Secretary of State Drivers Vehicle Facility at the Eastgate Shopping Center along Westmore-Meyers Road and half a mile from the York Township Community Center. For the last seventeen (17) years, the Village of Lombard has been denying U.S. Constitutional rights in housing under the law in the State of Illinois to me as a Lombard resident homeowner and U.S. citizen in the State of Illinois. And for the same period, the Village of Lombard Town Hall, Police and Fire Department, have been using me, as a Victim of Crime while being a working Lombard resident homeowner and U.S. citizen, in Du Page County, Illinois in the United States of America. Thus, the Village of Lombard, Town Hall, Police and Fire Department, including Du Page County have been violating my human rights in housing under the law and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, in the U.S.A. today.

For the record, the Hung Family purchased the Lombard Brick Bungalow on September 2, 1993 and moved to the Village of Lombard in DuPage County, Illinois during the Autumn 1993 from the Northwest side of Chicago, Cook County. The Hung Family have been Lombard resident homeowners at the corner of 502 S. Westmore-Meyers Road and Washington Boulevard, near Saint Pius X Catholic Church and Westmore Elementary School, all victims of heinous hate crimes, criminal disaster demolition, persecution, harassment, and physical abuse, car accidents, and forced hospitalizations in DuPage County, Illinois USA. The Village of Lombard and DuPage County, have been stealing from the Hung Family personal, family belongings, household electronics, kitchen equipment, and professional company assets and resources belonging to the company Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc. without compensating or restituting the Estate of Mr. Roberto Hung and Family and/or the company Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc. in the State of Illinois, United States of America.

The Village of Lombard is denying me human rights in housing under the law as a Lombard Victim of Heinous Hate Crimes, during seventeen (17) years of living in Du Page County as resident homeowner and U.S. citizen, when David Hulseberg continues in the refusal to provide lawful lodging, compensation, and restitution for criminal disaster roofing damages and losses, considered to be violations of the Bill of Rights under the Constitution of the State of Illinois.

During 2009-2010 and the celebration of the Bicentennial of the late President Abraham Lincoln’s two hundredth anniversary, the Constitution of the State of Illinois still upholds “inherent and inalienable human rights” listed under the Bill of Rights, Section 1, Section 2, Section 6, Section 8.1, Section 12, Section 15, Section 17, Section 18, Section 20, Section 23, Section 24, as follow:

Inherent and Inalienable Rights

All men (and women) are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men (and women) deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Due Process and Equal Protection

No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law nor be be denied the equal protection of the laws.

Searches, Seizures, Privacy and Interceptions

The people shall have the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and other possessions against unreasonable searches, seizures, invasions of privacy or interceptions of communications by eavesdropping devices or other means. No warrant shall be issued without probable cause, supported by affidavit particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

Crime Victims’ Rights

(a) Crime Victims, as defined by law, shall have the following rights as provided by law:

(1) The right to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.

(2) The right to notification of court proceedings.

(3) The right to communicate with the prosecution.

(4) The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing.

(5) The right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused.

(6) The right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.

(7) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process.

(8) The right to be present at the trial and all other court proceedings on the same basis as the accused, unless the victim is to testify and the court determines that the victim’s testimony would be materially affected if the victim hears other testimony at the trial.

(9) The right to have present at all court proceedings, subject to the rules of evidence, an advocate or other support person of the victim’s choice.

(10) The right to restitution.

(b) The Illinois General Assembly may provide the law for the enforcement of this Section.

(c) The Illinois General Assembly may provide for the assessment against convicted defendants to pay for the crime victims’ rights.

(d) Nothing in this Section or in any law enacted under this Section shall be construed as creating a basis for vacating a conviction or a ground for appellate relief in any criminal case. (Section 8.1 added by the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution. Approved November 3, 1992, effective November 23, 1992).

Right to Remedy and Justice

Every person shall find a certain remedy in the laws for all injuries and wrongs which he receives to his (or her) person, privacy, property or reputation. He (or She) shall obtain justice by law, freely, completely, and promptly.

Right to Eminent Domain

Private property shall not be taken or damaged for public use without just compensation as provided by law. Such compensation shall be determined by a jury as provided by law.

No Discrimination in Employment or in the Sale or Rental of Property

All persons have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national ancestry and sex in the hiring and promotion of any employer or in the sale or rental of property.

These rights are enforceable without action by the Illinois General Assembly, but the Illinois General Assembly by law may establish reasonable exemptions relating to these rights and provide additional remedies for their violation.

No Discrimination on the Basis of Sex

The equal protection of the laws shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex by the State of Illinois or its units of local government and school districts.

Individual Dignity

To promote individual dignity, communications that portray criminality, depravity or lack of virtue in, or that incite violence, hatred, abuse or hostility toward a person or group of persons by reason or by reference to religious, racial, ethnic, national or regional affiliation are condemned.

Fundamental Principles

A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of civil government is necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty. These blessings cannot endure unless the people (of the State of Illinois) recognize their corresponding individual obligations and responsibilities.

Right Retained

The enumeration in this Constitution (of the State of Illinois) of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the individual citizens of the State of Illinois.

Illinois Blue Book of Government, 2009-2010. Edited by Jesse White Secretary of State.

For the last seventeen (17) years, the Village of Lombard has been denying U.S. Constitutional rights in housing under the law in the State of Illinois to me as a Lombard resident homeowner and U.S. citizen in the State of Illinois. And for the same period, the Village of Lombard Town Hall, Police and Fire Department, have been using me, as a Victim of Crime while being a working Lombard resident homeowner and U.S. citizen, in Du Page County, Illinois in the United States of America. Thus, the Village of Lombard, Town Hall, Police and Fire Department, including Du Page County have been violating my human rights in housing under the law and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, in the U.S.A. today.

Lombard Policeman Fractured Right Toe on the foot of Gardenia C. Hung causing a hammertoe and a pigeon foot in the Village of Lombard, without reason

Saturday, September 18, 2010

8th Annual Deicke Home Walk-A-thon at the Lagoon on Grace Street and North Avenue, Lombard

Come Walk With Us on Sunday, September 19th, at the Lombard Lagoon on Grace Street, just south of North Avenue between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Free Lunch Follows The Walk at 12:30 p.m. in the Lagoon Center.
Come Have Some Fun! Meet WGN Radio 720 AM Personalities Mary VandeVelde, Andrea Darlas, Judy Pielach, and Leslie Keiling, as well as LPGA Pro Rachel Teresi. Enjoy Music on Sunday Afternoon by Charlie Prazma and Sara Vettraino of "Belle Music".
This Year's Walk-A-Thon continues to benefit the men and women living at the Deicke Home.
The approximate 1/2 mile path at the Lombard Lagoon is paved, flat, partially shaded, and scenic. Each walker making a personal donation or turning in collected donations by September 19th, will receive a Deicke Home Walk-A-Thon T-Shirt with compliments.

Friday, September 3, 2010

DuPage Women's Fair at Yorktown Center The Shops on Butterfield

Meet Illinois State Representatives Sandy Pihos and Patti Bellock with the American Cancer Society at the DuPage Women's Fair on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Yorktown Shopping Center, on Highland Avenue and Butterfield in the Village of Lombard, DuPage County, Illinois 60148.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Remembering What I Forgot: Everyday Memory Aids" by Jordan Stewart

High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010, 6:30-8:00PM
Speaker: Jordan Stewart, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Marianjoy Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
"Remembering What I Forgot: Everyday Memory Aids"
For More Information, Please Contact Dr. Nancy Devereux, Tel. 630-909-8607

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Addison Senior Health Fair Sponsored by State Representative Dennis Reboletti

State Representative Dennis Reboletti & State Senator Carole Pankau’s
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Addison Park District
120 E. Oak Street
Addison, Illinois
Senior Health Fair
Wednesday, August 4

Veteran’s Affairs
Assisted Living
Long Term Care
Financial Stability
Cash Dash
Family Care
Phone Bill Analysis
Legal Information
Digital Posture
Blood Pressure
Spinal Scan
Flu Shots
(Per availability - Free w/
Medicare B, $20 without)
Glucose (Fasting
Screenings Available
Information Available

Addison Fire Dept.
Addison Park District
Addison Physical Medicine
Addison Police Dept.
Advanced Chiropractic
Advanced Healthcare
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital
Alden Gardens of Bloomingdale
Arden Courts
Asbury Court
Belmont Village
Central DuPage Hospital
Citizens Utility Board
Club Fitness
Comfort Keepers
Congressman Peter Roskam’s Office
Countryside Funeral Homes &
Crossroads Estate Planning
DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk
DuPage County Health Dept.
DuPage County Senior Services
DuPage County Veteran’s Assistance
Edward Jones
Elmhurst Extended Care Center
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
Franciscan Village
Hines VAMC
Home Helpers
Illinois Dept. of Healthcare & Family
Illinois Dept. of Human Services/
Division of Rehab Services
Independent Consultant Group
John Pankau, Attorney at Law
Juice Plus
Lange Home Medical Equipment
Lexington Square of Lombard &
NEIL Area Agency on Aging
North Chicago V.A. Hospital
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Office of the Illinois Treasurer
Pathway Senior Living
Poison Control Center
Prairie State Legal Services
Roselle Chiropractic
Secretary of State
Smile & Love Inc.
Social Security Administration
Sonus Hearing
The Arbor of Itasca
University of Illinois Extension
Voices of Vision Talking Book Center
Waddell & Reed
Wohl Eye Center
Free Admission, Free Refreshments & Free Screenings!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Henry W. Hochstatter Owes An Apology To Gardenia C. Hung

Henry W. Hochstatter Owes Money to Gardenia C. Hung
For Your Information: Henry William Hochstatter is demanding $3,420 dollars plus court costs for rent and utilities at 140 West St. Charles Road, Apt.B in Villa Park, Illinois 60181, Telephone 630-833-4032 even when I have been paying more than $5,159 dollars in cash, credit, and helping with household chores, when Henry W. Hochstatter does not pay me any money, cash, or compensation for my assistance doing laundry, grocery shopping, miscellaneous home chores, moving his belongings, etc.

Your Reference: Villa Park Police Report No. 100215002701, February 15, 2010, Time: 18:04, Villa Park Police Department Phone: 630-834-7447, Officer's Name: Blake #353

Gardenia C. Hung has paid in excess of $5,159 dollars in person to Henry W. Hochstatter, cash, credit, and other tangible items, goods, new clothing, medication, food, car gasoline for Toyota SUV R5, use of Lombard Post Office Box 1274, telephone deposits for AT&T, U.S. Cellular telephone payments, laundry, etc. Gardenia C. Hung has also incurred Chase VISA Credit Card Debt in the amount of $2,514.69 for lodging at Motel 66, InTown Suites, Colonoscopy Medication, and other expenses on behalf of Henry W. Hochtstatter. In addition, Henry W. Hochstatter has received tangible goods such as a White 1993 Mitsubishi 4-Door Sedan, Sears Pro-Form Treadmill which was broken by Henry W. Hochstatter, Toro Snowblower, Wood Garden Chipper, several Sears Craftman gardening tools, Ace Hardware White Foldable Fencing, Carpenter’s Leather Caddy, New Clothing, Shirts, T-Shirts, Pants, in excess of $5,600 dollars. Consequently, Henry W. Hochstatter owes Gardenia for CHASE VISA Credit Card charges, expenses, and interest accrued since December 8, 2008.

For the record, Henry W. Hochstatter is a disabled adult, age 55, who receives Social Security Disability benefits monthly in the amount of $1,200, plus Henry W. Hochstatter also works for U-Haul as a truck driver, transporter, and for The Next Generation Auto Shop, as well as for Alex King Construction, Inc. at 140 W. St. Charles Road, Apt. 4B, in Villa Park, Illlinois 60181. Henry W. Hochstatterreceives payment in cash for other miscellaneous gardening jobs, tasks, handyman, gardening work, etc. which is not reported.

Please note that Henry W. Hochstatter does not pay Gardenia C. Hung any money, compensation or cash since November 17, 2009 after she has helped this disabled man to move into his new apartment, even when Gardenia Hung has been helping him as a friend, companion, and assistant during his banking matters, social security suspension, divorce court matters, driver’s license return, and other miscellaneous issues as a victim of traumatic brain injury and disability.

In conclusion,Gardenia C. Hung has paid in excess of $4,525 dollars in person to Henry W. Hochstatter, cash, CHASE VISA credit in excess of $2,514.69, and other tangible items, goods, new clothing, medication, food, car gasoline for Toyota SUV R5, telephone deposits, laundry, etc. In addition, Henry W. Hochstatter has received tangible goods such as a White 1993 Mitsubishi 4-Door Sedan, Sears Pro-Form Treadmill which was broken by Henry W. Hochstatter, Toro Snowblower, Wood Garden Chipper, several Sears Craftman gardening tools, Ace Hardware White Foldable Fencing, Carpenter’s Leather Caddy, New Clothing, Shirts, T-Shirts, Pants, in excess of $5,600 dollars. Gardenia C. Hung does not owe Henry W. Hochstatter any further cash, credit, tangible goods, or assistance for disability as a traumatic brain injury person.

Dated on the 19th day of July 2010, in the Village of Lombard, County of DuPage,


Under penalties as provided by law, pursuant to Section 1-109 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, the undersigned certifies that the statement set forth in this instrument are true and correct, to the best of my ability, so help me God.
Executed in the Village of Villa Park, County of Du Page, in the State of Illinois,
United States of America.

Gardenia C. Hung

Friday, April 9, 2010


SAVE THE DATE----Free Senior Event—APRIL 16TH

Seniors, their families, and friends are all invited to Representative Sandra Pihos’ annual Senior Fair on April 16th! Along with free admission, there will be free refreshments and a chance to win great door prizes! Free medical screenigss include vision testing, blood pressure screenings, massages, spinal analysis and more. Information regarding legal, financial, medical, assisted living and home health care issues will also be available. Additionally, the Secretary of State office will be on hand to renew state IDs and Driver’s Licenses. Dr. Gupta, a retina specialist from DuPage Medical Group will speak on macular degeneration at 12:30 PM

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York Township Senior Center, 1502 S. Meyers Rd., Lombard. This informal but informative fair gives seniors an opportunity to chat with the Representative, gather health and lifestyle information, receive important medical screenings, and win some great prizes!

Please call Representative Pihos’ office at 630-858-8855 if you would like more information.

Monday, April 5, 2010

U.S. Health Care Reform Update

Since the House of Representatives voted to pass health reform legislation on Sunday night, the legislative process and its political impact have been the focus of all the newspapers and cable TV pundits.

Outside of DC, however, many Americans are trying to cut through the chatter and get to the substance of reform with a simple question: "What does health insurance reform actually mean for me?" To help, we've put together some of the key benefits from health insurance reform.

Let's start with how health insurance reform will expand and strengthen coverage:

This year, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. Once the new health insurance exchanges begin in the coming years, pre-existing condition discrimination will become a thing of the past for everyone.
This year, health care plans will allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance policy up until their 26th birthday.
This year, insurance companies will be banned from dropping people from coverage when they get sick, and they will be banned from implementing lifetime caps on coverage. This year, restrictive annual limits on coverage will be banned for certain plans. Under health insurance reform, Americans will be ensured access to the care they need.
This year, adults who are uninsured because of pre-existing conditions will have access to affordable insurance through a temporary subsidized high-risk pool.
In the next fiscal year, the bill increases funding for community health centers, so they can treat nearly double the number of patients over the next five years.
This year, we'll also establish an independent commission to advise on how best to build the health care workforce and increase the number of nurses, doctors and other professionals to meet our country's needs. Going forward, we will provide $1.5 billion in funding to support the next generation of doctors, nurses and other primary care practitioners -- on top of a $500 million investment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Health insurance reform will also curb some of the worst insurance industry practices and strengthen consumer protections:

This year, this bill creates a new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers in new private plans have access to an effective process to appeal decisions made by their insurer.
This year, discrimination based on salary will be outlawed. New group health plans will be prohibited from establishing any eligibility rules for health care coverage that discriminate in favor of higher-wage employees.
Beginning this fiscal year, this bill provides funding to states to help establish offices of health insurance consumer assistance in order to help individuals in the process of filing complaints or appeals against insurance companies.
Starting January 1, 2011, insurers in the individual and small group market will be required to spend 80 percent of their premium dollars on medical services. Insurers in the large group market will be required to spend 85 percent of their premium dollars on medical services. Any insurers who don't meet those thresholds will be required to provide rebates to their policyholders.
Starting in 2011, this bill helps states require insurance companies to submit justification for requested premium increases. Any company with excessive or unjustified premium increases may not be able to participate in the new health insurance exchanges.
Reform immediately begins to lower health care costs for American families and small businesses:

This year, small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.
This year, new private plans will be required to provide free preventive care: no co-payments and no deductibles for preventive services. And beginning January 1, 2011, Medicare will do the same.
This year, this bill will provide help for early retirees by creating a temporary re-insurance program to help offset the costs of expensive premiums for employers and retirees age 55-64.
This year, this bill starts to close the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' by providing a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the gap in prescription drug coverage. And beginning in 2011, the bill institutes a 50% discount on prescription drugs in the 'donut hole.'
Thank you,

Nancy-Ann DeParle
Director, White House Office of Health Reform

Monday, March 1, 2010

Free Webinar: Best Practices for Working with Health Translation Providers

Your Voice, an AHRQ collaborator, is offering its 5th free Webinar. In this 75-minute webinar, translation and health care experts will share best practices for producing multilingual materials that accurately convey the information in the source document. In this session, you will learn:

Essential quality assurance steps for the translation process.
Common pitfalls to avoid when selecting an external vendor.
Solutions to challenges regarding internal providers.
How to use translation technology – and when to avoid it.
Participants will have the opportunity to obtain tips and recommendations from expert panelists on working with translation providers to ensure that translations are performed with the necessary levels of quality, at the right price, and within the required timeframes, followed by a 15-minute interactive Q&A session. The presenters are:

Nai Kasick, Director of Health Promotion and Cultural and Linguistic Services, L.A. Care, who is responsible for the translation and interpretation services for nearly 800,000 Medi-Cal, Health Families and Healthy Kids members in Los Angeles County.
Nataly Kelly, Senior Analyst, Common Sense Advisory, who is a respected author, consultant and advisor with a specialized interest in interpreting services.
Carolyn Wang Kong, MPP, MPH, Practice Leader, Language Access, Kaiser Permanente, who is a Practice Leader with Kaiser Permanente Northern California region. She is responsible for providing leadership in developing and implementing a regional strategy for language access, which includes interpreter and translation services.
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Best Practices for Working with Health Care Translation Providers

Thursday, March 11, 2010 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST

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Health care organizations are accustomed to providing interpreting services for spoken language encounters between patients and providers, but they often wrestle with ensuring that written documents are translated with the necessary levels of quality. In this 60-minute webinar, industry experts will share best practices for working with health care providers – both internal and external – to produce multilingual materials that accurately convey the information in the source document. In this session, you will learn:

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-Common pitfalls to avoid when selecting an external vendor
-Solutions to challenges regarding internal providers
-How to use translation technology – and when to avoid it

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Toxic Household Cleaners and Your Health

17 February 2010, 3:30 PM
Trip Van Noppen
Getting the Dirt on Household Cleaners
Historic litigation may shine light on toxic ingredients

Help Protect Children From Toxic Pesticides Do household cleaners contain ingredients linked to asthma, nerve damage and other health effects? Manufacturers aren't telling, but Earthjustice attorney Keri Powell may have uncovered the key to their pursed lips.

While investigating a potential legal strategy, Keri found buried in the pages of a book of New York State statutes a long-forgotten law authorizing the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to require household cleaning product manufacturers to disclose their chemical ingredients and information about the health risks they pose. In other words, pay dirt.

State regulations issued in 1976 made these disclosures mandatory. Such laws are practically nonexistent in the United States, and the New York law has been altogether overlooked.

Until now.

Earlier this month, Keri led a group of clients into the New York State Supreme Court for historic arguments over chemical disclosure, a case that could have national ramifications. Consumers and their advocates may finally get a satisfactory answer to that critical opening question, which has vexed them for years.

Some disclosures have already been made as a result of the case. After Keri discovered the law and realized companies had for decades been escaping a legal obligation, several household cleaner manufacturers doing business in New York State were put on notice. Letters we sent to the companies in Sept. 2008 requested that they begin obeying the law within 30 days or risk possible legal action. The letters prompted some companies, including the manufacturer of Simple Green products, to file disclosure reports for the first time.

Even though the law Keri unearthed is state-specific, the household cleaners it regulates are not. Simple Green products sold to consumers in the Empire State are no different from Simple Green products sold anywhere else in the country, so consumers across the United States benefit equally from these disclosures and any further information gained as a result of our litigation.

In Mar. 2009, SC Johnson announced that it too would disclose chemical ingredients rather than face Earthjustice attorneys in court. Concurrently, the company launched a candid website that "offers a detailed look at the ingredients in [SC Johnson's] products so you can make the right decisions for your home."

But four companies—Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Church and Dwight, and Reckitt-Bensicker—stonewalled, and thus found themselves a few weeks ago across from Keri and her colleagues in a Manhattan courtroom as defendants in this first-of-its-kind lawsuit. They made it clear that their lips are sealed until authorities pry them open. As Health Campaigner Kathleen Sutcliffe wryly remarked last week, Mr. Clean went to court and pled the fifth.

While this unprecedented legal work unfolds, efforts are being staged on other fronts to change the way toxic chemicals are treated in the United States. A few months ago, I wrote about the urgent need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, the major U.S. law concerned with keeping the public safe from toxic chemicals in commercial products. We are awaiting introduction of new federal legislation to fix the current broken system. The household cleaners case helps push the national reform effort forward by showing that disclosure of ingredients and health effects is good for consumers and good for business.

But our New York case also demonstrates that much can be done while we wait for federal reform. After all, figuring out what's in a household cleaner shouldn't be as hard as finding a decades-old, neglected statute in a book of New York laws. Our hope is that all a consumer will have to do in the future to uncover the ingredients in their spray bottle is look at the label.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Missing Endangered Seniors: Amber Alert Program for Seniors

New Laws in Illinois

With the beginning of a new year and new legislative session underway, I intend to periodically focus attention in my e-newsletter on new laws that have gone into effect here in Illinois. You may or may not be aware of changes in the law that could have an impact on you, your family or your community, and I hope to offer an explanation as to why these laws were enacted.

Amber Alert Program for Seniors

The first new law of interest establishes an Amber Alert Program for Senior Citizens and is legislation that I worked on last year with Senator Maggie Crotty and the Illinois State Police. Senate Bill 27, now Public Act #96-0149, helps locate elderly individuals who are missing.

The new Endangered Missing Person Advisory Program, commonly referred to as a “Silver Alert”, establishes a regional system which enhances the ability of local police agencies to rapidly transmit information regarding the older adult who is often afflicted with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and places a high priority in reporting, investigation and public notification. These new efforts are similar to Amber Alert which has been successful in locating children who are believed to have been abducted and in danger. Unfortunately, we have all read about cases of seniors wandering from home, getting disoriented or losing their way while driving. A delayed search can result in the loss of valuable time to locate a missing person.

The Illinois Department on Aging in coordination with the Illinois State Police is developing a community outreach program to promote awareness among the State’s healthcare facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other senior centers. The guidelines and procedures will ensure that specific health information about the missing person is not made public through the alert. State Police will determine whether the missing person is endangered or considered “high risk,” meaning circumstances indicate that the person may be at risk of injury or death. For more information about program services to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the IDoA Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966.

In addition, another new law relating to the same topic is House Bill 282, now Public Act #96-0442, which adds to the definition of "missing endangered senior", a person with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias who is reported missing. It provides that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall conduct training programs for law enforcement personnel to assist in finding missing seniors as the population with this disease increases.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Marianjoy Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group: High Hopes in Wheaton

New Year's Resolution for Optimal Living with Brain Injury sponsored by Dr. Nancy Devereux, Licensed Psychologist at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Technical assistance call for the Community College Consortia program: Friday, 1/15

The $70 million Community College Consortia Program will seeks to rapidly create HIT academic programs at Community Colleges (as defined by the 1965 Higher Education Act) or expand existing ones to rapidly create or expand health IT training programs at approximately 70 community colleges throughout the nation.

Please note that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will be hosting a second Technical Assistance call for potential applicants, next Friday, January 15th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST.

Interested parties are encouraged to join the call using the following information:

•To participate:
•Dial in number: 888-769-8716
•Participant passcode: 6123844

A previous technical assistance call was held in December 16, and a PowerPoint slide presentation and transcript from the call is available at

There will be time reserved for a Question and Answer session. Please be advised that the TA call will be a listen only event as questions can only be accepted electronically. You are encouraged to submit questions in advance to During the call, questions will be accepted via the questions tab in the Live Meeting environment.

For detailed information on the Community College Consortia program visit

First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

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