The United States has many at risk and vulnerable populations. "
The definition used in
the National Response Framework (NRF) is as follows;
Populations whose members may have
additional needs before, during, and after an incident in
including but not
limited to: maintaining independence, communication, transportation, supervision, and medical
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With an increase of immigrants, the United States has seen
an increase in a population of limited English proficient individuals. These individuals have and
continue to face many person-in-environmental factors impacting their life experiences. The
dominant culture surrounding this population has oppressed, marginalized, and alienated these
Limited English proficiency is a term used in the United States that describes a person
who does not speak English fluently. English is the most commonly spoke language in the
United States. There are more than 350 spoken and signed languages used in the United Sates.
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he U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey of 2015
reported that there was more than 25 million people had limited English Proficiency; this
accounts for about 9% of the U.S. population who are five years of age or older.
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In the United States nearly 1 out of every 10 working adults has limited English
proficiency. Of the approximate 25 million individuals with limited English proficiency
approximately 19.2 million are age 16 to 65, approximately 2.25 million are ages 5 to 15, and
approximately 3.55 million are ages 65 or older.
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LEP workers are not all the same. Sixty percent are high school graduates,
including 15 percent with a college degree. However, among full-time, year-round
workers, LEP workers have lower earnings at every level of educational