Five Great New Year’s Resolutions for Oregon Interpreters

With a fresh, new start in 2017 just around the corner, we would like to encourage all interpreters to consider some great New Year’s Resolution goals!

1.    Set aside some time in January to reflect on how you are doing as an interpreter, and how you can improve. 
Providing language access to those who need it is deeply rewarding, but it can also be mentally and emotionally taxing. Ask yourself:  What energizes me the most about this work?  What is challenging for me?  Where could I improve in my skills and knowledge?  What support, coaching, or training do I need in 2017 to be a more effective interpreter?

2.    Register for an interpreter training to improve your skills. 
Pursing education will provide you with great opportunities to further your career.  Whether a 60 hour health care interpreter training, or a continuing education course if you are already qualified or certified as health care interpreter, check out the courses that we have:

64 Hour Health Care Interpreter Training, starting on Saturday, January 21st

Continuing Education Course (modules offered in January)

3.    If you aren’t already Oregon certified or qualified as a health care interpreter, figure out your next step. 
Becoming certified or qualified will increase your opportunities for career growth in the interpreter profession.  Learn more about the requirements from the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion here.

4.    Find ways to get more involved! 

Volunteer to interpreter at a low-income medical clinic, such as Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine in Oregon City. 

Or take the initiative, and form a skills practice group with other interpreters you know.  Consider volunteering with us; learn more here.

5.    Visit our website or call the Office Equity and Inclusion for questions about health care interpreting.  

Kweku Wilson is a great contact: 971-673-3328 hci.program@state.or.us

We wish you the best in 2017!