Members of the local immigrant community are raising their voices, demanding better access to health care.

About 20 people marched in a rally in downtown Hartford on Wednesday morning, demanding changes to Connecticut’s health care systems.

The movement is called “Make the Road Connecticut” and protesters are taking action to demand better access to health care for undocumented immigrants and Spanish speakers.

“I have uncles and family members who are undocumented, and they can’t go to the hospital,” said Sheyla Rivera, of Hartford.

They worry that barriers to health care could put Latinos in Connecticut at risk.

“Some of my family members when they go to the appointment, they don’t have the special someone to translate, and those words in the medical history, we don’t understand,” said Teresa Rosario, of Hartford. .

With Wednesday’s rally, the group launched a campaign called “Access to health without barriers”.

The demands of the movement include: better access to health care for the undocumented population; more interpretation services during appointments; financial assistance for people without health insurance before billing; and cross-cultural sensitivity training for staff in all clinics and hospitals.

Protestors take their demands to the North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative. NHTAC brings together partners from the health, government, and nonprofit sectors to improve health services.

NBC Connecticut has reached out to the collaboration and its members for comment.

A Hartford HealthCare spokesperson wrote in a statement, “Improving access to care for all is something we are focused on – and that’s why we launched Neighborhood Health a year ago. “

This video provided by Hartford HealthCare highlights this program, where teams travel to communities in mobile “Care Vans,” providing services, medical referrals, vaccinations and preventive services at no cost to patients.

With their march, Rivera and the other protesters hope to open new avenues for caring for local immigrants.

“We are very open to further collaboration,” said Make the Road Connecticut organizer Brigith Rivera. “It’s not a call, it’s more of a call. Because at the end of the day, all we’re trying to do is make sure people get the health care they need. , in the best possible manner.”

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