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Kern Medical Center seeks to close Latino doctor gap
Bakersfield Californian

When Spanish-speaking patients see Dr. Victor Salazar, their demeanor often changes.

“Patients see my face, realize I’m Latino, and they’re so happy,” said Salazar, 35, a Kern Medical Center resident.

Salazar says that’s because language and cultural differences can present barriers to medical care. Even if patients can articulate their concerns in English, important nuances can get lost in translation.