Health Literacy Movie and Discussion Night featuring Childhood in Translation

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location: 
Minnesota Literacy Council
700 Raymond Avenue
Suite 180
Saint Paul,, MN 55114


Join us for a movie and discussion night about health literacy. The evening will begin with an interactive presentation led by Alisha Ellwood from the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership, followed by the documentary Childhood in Translation. After the film Wendy Roberts, a Minnesota Literacy Council volunteer and former intern, will share her experiences translating for her parents. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer their reflections on the topic.


Childhood in Translation is a documentary project about how immigrant families are affected by language barriers.  It is designed to put a human face on these challenges in order to raise awareness and spur discussion about how communities can better serve their newest members. For the numerous households with limited English proficient parents, basic social services – healthcare, the legal system – are often difficult to access due to language barriers. Through the stories of youth and their families, Childhood in Translation features the challenges that language barriers pose to the health and well-being of recent immigrants and their children. (adapted from the film's website)


Alisha Ellwood serves the chair of the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership and is a Provider Quality Program Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Blue Plus.


Wendy Roberts was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN.  Her parents are Hmong refugees, and she has been translating for them since she was five years old. She volunteers at the Open Door Learning Center – Lake St. and recently completed a Community Outreach Internship at the Minnesota Literacy Council.