"Health care interpreters see an increasing need"

 Photo: Vern Uyetake - Lake Oswego Review  From left: Executive Director Susy Molano, Training Director Guillermo Ortiz, Master Interpreter Project Manager Alma Gomez and Events and Development Manager Carola Ibanez. Not pictured is Training Director Mary Soots.

Photo: Vern Uyetake - Lake Oswego Review

From left: Executive Director Susy Molano, Training Director Guillermo Ortiz, Master Interpreter Project Manager Alma Gomez and Events and Development Manager Carola Ibanez. Not pictured is Training Director Mary Soots.

 

Our new mission (To advance the Health Care Interpreter [HCI] profession to improve health outcomes for our community) and vision (A highly skilled HCI community that is economically successful and valued as an integral member of the health care team) statements reflect the passion and commitment that OHCIA has for the interpreting industry,  diversity celebration, culture awareness, and  workforce opportunities for everyone without the barriers of background, ethnicity, language, religion, and/or physical ability.

At OHCIA diverse perspectives, cultures, and values are accepted, appreciated, and celebrated, and we would like YOU to be part of it.

We are extremely grateful for the recent opportunity we had to be interviewed by the Lake Oswego Review - part of a conglomerate of 26 local newspapers - to provide insight on the health care interpreting industry, the ever-growing need for trained interpreters, and the different programs/projects our association is currently working on.

In the articleHealth care interpreters see an increasing need the Diamond Project is mentioned. The Diamond Project is a scholarship program established to provide scholarship awards for promising students with financial hardships who would like to become medical interpreters and obtain the necessary credentials to provide professional services to the LEP (limited English proficiency) community. 

Such awards are made possible through the generous and sustainable contributions from donors like YOU!

 

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The Pacific Northwest Interpreter HUB with access to its web-based interpreter portal and the vast experience in the field of a great team of Master Interpreters was also brought up to light during our conversation with Lake Oswego Review

We are now pleased to say that we are offering FREE membership to interpreters with all levels of experience. To register, visit our online portal by clicking the button below.

 

Health care interpreters are the sole effective communication bridge between the health care professional and the LEP patient. Not only do interpreters understand the languages being spoken, but they also have been trained to be culturally sensitive, ethically conscious and able to explain medical terminology accurately. Their job exists to ensure LEP patients get the same quality of health care as everyone else.
— Barb Randall

 

 

LET'S CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND PROVIDE THE SUPPORT TO THOSE who NEED IT!

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