Portland, Oregon, January 16, 2017 – The Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association (OHCIA), a nonprofit entity under the laws of the State of Oregon, was founded April 4, 2011 with the goal of promoting and furthering the advancement of the health care interpreter profession.
As Oregon and the United States as a whole becomes more linguistically diverse, working with professional, trained, and certified interpreters in health care settings is more important than ever. It is well documented that Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients have difficulty accessing medical care and have poorer health outcomes than the population at large.
OHCIA represents the professional interests of health care interpreters and promote cooperation with government agencies, consumers and other bodies on matters which concern those interests. OHCIA works to maintain and advance high standards of professional ethics, practices, and competence by supporting educational efforts of health care interpreters and by preserving their professional rights. In addition, OHCIA serves as a resource center for the collection, sharing, and dissemination of information for health care interpreters, health care providers, and the public at large.
Through a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at Northwest Health Foundation, OHCIA will be able to implement the creation and development of the Pacific Northwest Interpreter Hub. The HUB will bring together partners to increase quality and consistency in the field of health care interpreting, improve economic opportunity and quality of life for interpreters, and reduced health disparities for patients with limited English proficiency. The HUB represents a shared partner commitment to breaking down silos and better aligning collective efforts to improve service quality, better support practitioners, increase career opportunities, and impact patient outcomes. Health care interpreters will receive assistance in reaching their professional development goals including discounted training rates, access to financial hardship scholarships, and the support of a master interpreter who will guide them through the certification process and career development. In addition, member interpreters will have their information included in the Hub portal, which will be utilized by language services agencies for job placement.
The mission of Northwest Health Foundation is to advance, support and promote the health of the people in Oregon and Southwest Washington. By joining with communities that face the biggest barriers to health, we can create strategies that improve the lives of everyone.
More information at: http://www.northwesthealth.org/.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 540,000 medical and 250,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
Susy Molano, Executive Director
Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association
Tel: (503) 888-0657
FAX: (503) 675-6421