Even though there is no state-wide mandate for cultural sensitivity, many doctors say it's become a necessary instrument in providing medical care for the city's immigrant population.
Elmhurst Hospital is located in the most diverse ZIP code in the United States.
Many immigrant patients use traditional remedies in addition to Western medicine.
A pharmacy in Elmhurst, Queens
The majority of patients at Elmhurst Hospital need language assistance.
Gamelah Almansoori(left), is a Health Advocate for Niemah Mohammed (right), who doesn't speak English.
Halima, a 31-year-old immigrant from Yemen has struggled to get culturally sensitive medical care.
Halima came to the Arab American Family Support Center for help navigating New York's health care system.
Maha Attieh fills out a Medicaid application for Halima, an immigrant from Yemen. Halima signs her name on the form in English letters, which she learned through an ESL class.
Maha Attieh, Health Program Manager at the Arab American Family Support Center.
Elmhurst Hospital is surrounded by a large, multilingual, South Asian Community.