communities in Oregon
The number of non-English speaking households in the United States has increased significantly. According to the 2010 census, 55.4 million Americans speak a language other than English when they are at home. This represents a 140 percent increase since 1980.
As Oregon and the United States become more linguistically diverse, the use of professional, trained, and certified health care interpreters in medical settings is more important than ever. Utilizing health care interpreters in medical situations prevents and minimizes misdiagnoses and poor treatment outcomes, thus improving health care access and quality for LEP patients. Health Care Interpretation is also essential for compliance with Title VI of the Civil Right Act of eliminating discrimination based on people’s national origin.