The Evolution of Man, Part 2

Sorry for the tardiness of this post. As my research is complicated and required over 20 books being read and really hasn’t come together in any coherent sense until the majority of the underlying research was complete, I didn’t have much to really comment on.

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Summarizing adulthood

I have three kinds of findings for you today, so those of you who are procrastinating are in for a delightfully long read! (Not really. This is just a summary, remember?)

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Changes in German Language Education, Blog Post #2: The Textbook Survey

First off, I apologize for this blog coming so late – if there is one thing I have learned from this process, it’s that doing things when you have the time to do them is important; otherwise, you may have to put off what you are passionate about to make room for the passions of those who are either paying or grading you. That all said, let me share the main chunk of what I have done with my research since I last checked-in: my textbook survey.

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Immigrants’ Access to the Spanish National Health Service: Summary

This summer I traveled to Cádiz, Spain to conduct research on the role of immigrants in the Spanish health care system, as demonstrated through the implementation of their rights to access public health services.  Through the study of a variety of resources—from newspaper articles to government publications to topic-related presentations—I soon learned about the obstacles to practical implementation of these legislated rights.  This problematic implementation originates with legislation in which the language indisputably defines the fundamental right to health care without providing concrete information on how to implement it.  Even so, Spain’s 17 autonomous communities, which principally administrate health care services, endeavor to facilitate immigrants’ access through measures that facilitate greater comprehension between them and autochthonous Spaniards.  In Andalusia, for example, these measures included informational brochures translated into several languages and a resource guide aimed at educating health professionals regarding issues specific to immigrant health.  Yet, even the most well-intentioned resources may founder, whether through their lack of key information or through inadvertent miscommunication.  Though the government needs to be the major representative among the entities involved in the implementation of the immigrants’ right to health care, it also requires the support of other entities, such as NGOs and other members of the private sector.  The economic crisis that began in 2008 and continues today complicates this already problematic implementation of immigrants’ rights by diverting attention away from its original goals and toward more challenging practical, economic concerns.