OHCIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

Course Information & Registration

Health Care Interpreters (HCI's) who are Certified or Qualified by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) or by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to take Continuing Education classes in order to renew their credentials.  The OHCIA offers interactive and relevant classes designed to expand your interpreter knowledge in the areas of Interpreter Skills, Ethics, or Other Skills.  In addition, some classes are accredited for certification renewal by the CCHI or NBCMI.  Please check individual class information below for accreditation details.

For further information on renewal requirements, check HERE or scroll down to the bottom of this page. Non-accredited interpreters are encouraged to take our 64-hour Health Care Interpreter training.


Summer Course Offerings

Title:  Ethics - Health care interpreter ethics


Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • 3 ceu's ethics,other (APPROVED BY oha)

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Melanie DeLeon, M.S., ASL Court Certified

Interpreter - Melanie has been an ASL interpreter for over 20 years in a variety of settings and countries. Most recently, she has facilitated hundreds of hours of training on legal ethics for the Oregon Judicial Department as well as training judges, court staff and the court communities on language access and interpreting issues. Melanie is also a council member for the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters

Description:  Continuing education 3-hour ethics review for Health Care Interpreters. The class will focus on the Ethics of Health Care Interpreting using best practice examples such as the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NHCIC) Code of Ethics, the International Medical Interpreter Association Code of Ethics. Students will explore the historical context of the national HIPAA and HIPAA as “ethics put into law” and how it relates to the interpreter (proper disposal of notes, etc.)

TUITION

$30

Title:  Ethics - interpreter standards of practice


Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • 3 ceu's ethics,other (APPROVED BY oha)

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Melanie DeLeon, M.S., ASL Court Certified

Interpreter - Melanie has been an ASL interpreter for over 20 years in a variety of settings and countries. Most recently, she has facilitated hundreds of hours of training on legal ethics for the Oregon Judicial Department as well as training judges, court staff and the court communities on language access and interpreting issues. Melanie is also a council member for the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters

Description:  This module is designed to thoroughly review the Health Care Interpreter Standards of Practice through the California Standards for Health Care Interpreting. Students will become familiar with the core values of interpreter. Working in small groups, students will work on scenarios that will challenge their understanding of these principles and present to the class their scenarios.

TUITION

$30

 

Title:  Ethics - Understanding the Oregon Health Plan (Taught in Spanish)


Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • 3 ceu's ethics,other (APPROVED BY oha)

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Members of the DHS Community Partner Outreach team

Description:

Join the DHS Community Partner Outreach team for an informational session that will equip you with knowledge about the Oregon Health Plan necessary to support individuals receiving care through the Oregon Health Plan coverage.  We will cover three key subject areas: 

1.      Oregon’s Healthcare Landscape and the OHP-Certified Community Partner Program

  • Understand Oregon’s healthcare landscape and the OHP Community Outreach Program

2.      Health coverage Programs in Oregon

  • Learn basic eligibility requirements for the Oregon Health Plan and Federally Facilitated Marketplace
  • Get to know the basics about the Oregon Health Plan application and key questions around immigration, race, ethnicity and disability

3.      Specific Populations, Renewals, and Resources

  • Learn more about resources for support, follow up and client advocacy

TUITION

 

$30

Title:  Ethics - Understanding the Oregon Health Plan (Taught in English)


Hours of Credit:

  • 3 CEU'S (APPROVED BY CCHI)

  • 3 ceu's ethics,other (APPROVED BY oha)

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Members of the DHS Community Partner Outreach team

Description:

Join the DHS Community Partner Outreach team for an informational session that will equip you with knowledge about the Oregon Health Plan necessary to support individuals receiving care through the Oregon Health Plan coverage.  We will cover three key subject areas:

1.      Oregon’s Healthcare Landscape and the OHP-Certified Community Partner Program

  • Understand Oregon’s healthcare landscape and the OHP Community Outreach Program

2.      Health coverage Programs in Oregon

  • Learn basic eligibility requirements for the Oregon Health Plan and Federally Facilitated Marketplace
  • Get to know the basics about the Oregon Health Plan application and key questions around immigration, race, ethnicity and disability

3.      Specific Populations, Renewals, and Resources

  • Learn more about resources for support, follow up and client advocacy

TUITION

 

$30

 

 

Title: Best Practices in Home Health Appointments


Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other)

  • WA DSHS – 3 hours (General)

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm


Instructor(s): Irina V. Stukalov, a native of Ukraine, has been a in Russian, Ukranian and Belorussian language Health Care Interpreter for over 25 years.  She specializes in hospice care appointments and also provides in-home hospice care.  In addition, Irina has held various positions for state agencies as Case Manager, Training and Employment Specialist, Resource Specialist, Disability Determination Specialist/Claims Adjuster, Housing Specialist, working for - DHS, Employment Dept. /Unemployment, SSA, Housing Authority, Hospitals, MWEC - educational consortium, Chemeketa Community College, SPD, and presently DHS- OHCC training on 25 various subjects. While working for Chemeketa Community College WIA out stationed at Employment Department, working for Social Security Administration and Department of Human Services- Self Sufficiency programs, Northwest Senior & Disability Services -NWSDS, and Housing Authority.

Description:  The training material that will be covered in the class complies with the Oregon Home Care Commission, including medical and OHCC terminology, ethics, skills components, cultural competency, and home health worker accreditation.  It will prepare the interpreter by exploring how home health appointment differ from other types of medical appointments, the types of home health services offered in Oregon, type of appointments interpreters may be called to interpret, the roles of various home health staff, staff requirements, policies of the OHCC, and the role of the interpreter.  We will explore questions of ethics, compliance, transparency, soft skills, cultural competency, and boundaries...

TUITION

$30

 

Title:  Appropriate Advocacy: Language Access and Patient Safety

Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Ethics, Skills or Other)

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 1:00 pm—4:00pm


Instructor(s): Felicity Ratway holds a Master’s degree in Interpreting and Translation Studies and has been working as an interpreter in Oregon since 2015. She is a Certified Medical Interpreter through NBCMI and has received a letter of certification from the State of Oregon. In addition to her work as an interpreter, Felicity has experience drafting language access policies and procedures and creating trainings for medical staff on working with interpreters.

Description: Under the National Code of Ethics for Healthcare Interpreters, the interpreter has the responsibility to step out of the interpreting role when necessary for patient safety. How can interpreters decide when it is necessary to intervene? In this course, interpreters will get an overview of language access legislation and its relationship to patient safety, learn about ethical considerations to take into account before deciding to intervene on a patient’s behalf, and practice intervening appropriately on a patient's behalf.

TUITIOn

$30

Title:  Medical Interpreting in an Academic Setting


Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other)

  • WA DSHS – 3.0 hours (General)

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Instructor(s): Taught by Mary Soots, BA, MA, Anthropologist, a social researcher and policy analyst, and a Certified Health Care Interpreter (Spanish). She is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University. She also works as a Research and Evaluation Assistant at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), is the Director of Education Programs for the Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association (OHCIA), and provides Cultural Awareness training to health professionals. Mary holds a M.A. in Anthropology from Portland State University, a B.A. in International Studies and in Anthropology, as well as Minor Degrees in Spanish and in Geography.

Description: Health care interpreting for children whose health has an impact on their development and education may take place in a variety of backdrops including schools, child development centers or home visits for early childhood intervention.  Developmental delays, physical, emotional, or behavioral issues all impact a child’s learning.  This class is designed to prepare HCI’s for a variety of appointments such as development evaluations, eligibility or Individualized Education Programs meetings, parent/school administrator appointments.  This class is designed to review terminology, protocol, standards of practice for interpreting in the academic setting.

 

TUITION

$30

Title:  Those Darned Equivalencies: Escaping the Snares


Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other)

  • WA DSHS – 3.0 hours (General)

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:00 pm—4:00 pm


Instructor(s): Christina Healy has been interpreting in the Deaf community for 15 years. She earned her BS in ASL/English Interpreting from Western Oregon University and her MA and PhD in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. While studying on the east coast she also worked as a freelance interpreter and taught interpreting courses in Baltimore and linguistics courses at Gallaudet. She is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest, getting to know the interpreters here, mentoring new colleagues, and serving as a member-at-large on the board of the Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ORID). She has completed all requirements to be a Certified Healthcare Interpreter by the Oregon Health Authority and is joyfully awaiting the processing of her application.

Description: Interpreting is much more complex than simply matching words across two languages. This is especially obvious when there is no direct equivalent term in English and our other languages. What do we do then?! Well, we take a deep breath and use our interpreter-brains to use many different strategies to work with those non-equivalencies! The class uses well-established interpreting models to illustrate the mental processes in play so the interpreter can address equivalencies and other aspects of interpreting in increasingly effective ways.

TUITION

$30

 

Title:  Best Practices in Interpreting in the LGBTQIA Community


Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • NBCMI – 0.3 hours

  • WA DSHS – 3 hours (General)

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Ethics, Skills, or Other)

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Instructor(s): Taught by Óscar Fernández, Ph.D—Portland State University, University Studies faculty & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Qualified Health Care Interpreter

Description: The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care reports how “individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual (LGBTQIA) face significant barriers in accessing health care. These barriers are heightened when a person is both LGBTQIA and also limited English proficient (LEP).” This course will address best practices in interpreting in the LGBTQIA community.  It will examine the ethics associated with interpreting for a non-binary community such as regulatory protections, non-discrimination laws, standards of care, and cultural biases. The class is designed to help the professional interpreter develop the skills necessary to interpret in the LGBTQIA population such providing a glossary of terms commonly used in the medical setting, both in English and in other languages.  Lastly, the interpreter will develop skills in interpreting sensitive health issues such as sexual history, and gender-affirming surgery appointments.

 

TUITION

$30

 

Title:  Interpreting in the Hospital Setting


Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other)

  • WA DSHS – 3.0 hours (General)

 

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Instructor(s): Jennifer Alvarez is the Regional Manager for ADA & Language Access Services for Providence Health & Services Oregon Region. Jennifer spent 22 years specializing on ADA compliance.  Jennifer spent 12 years as coordinator of interpreter services.  In her role at Providence, Jennifer is responsible for all interpreter services for the Oregon Region, including healthcare interpreter regulations, policies, and compliance; interpreter service providers contracting and audits, as well as overseeing the regional financial picture for interpreter services.

Description: This class covers best practices for HCI’s including basics like appointment times, interpreter documentation, what to wear, etc. The class reviews regulations impacting healthcare systems both at the state and the national level (i.e., ADA, Title VI, Sec 504, ACA Sec 1557, Join Commission/DNV (accreditation for hospitals), CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and how these regulations impact both staff interpreters as well as third party vendors who contract with non-staff HCI’S. Understand the various settings in healthcare (ambulatory vs. acute care), best practices for interpreters to navigate these settings/expectations (i.e., infection control, patients with violent tendencies, behavioral health settings, rehab settings, etc., resources for interpreters who may need assistance from a health care provider while on site, etc. We will go on to talk about the various specialties where interpreter services may be needed and what interpreters can expect from these settings.

TUITION

$30

Title:  Interpreting Genetic Counseling Appointments


Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours – Ethics, Skills, Other

  • WA DSHS – 3.0 hours (General)

 

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:00am – 12:00pm


Instructor(s): Ellen Simpson is Genetic Counselor at Salem Health.  She holds a BS in Biology, a PhD in Biology, and a MS in Genetic Counseling.  She practiced genetic counseling at UC San Francisco Medical Center, UC Irvine, and Alfigen in Pasadena.  As a genetic counselor in an academic practice, she has taught medical students, residents, and fellows and worked as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Genetic Counseling Master’s Degree Program at the University of California.  While in her Master’s program, Ellen worked as a Health Care Interpreter at U.C. Irvine and understands that interpreting is vital for good patient care.

Description: This class is designed to help the Health Care Interpreter understand genetics concepts and terminology, the role of the genetic counselor, and ethics issues in genetic counseling with particular reference to prenatal testing.  The teaching session is followed by active learning with English vocabulary and when possible, working in pairs to gain the best equivalent in the target language.  Students will engage in some small group role play and whole class discussion of particular issues with terminology, ethics or role based on their experience.

TUITION

$30

 

Title:  Infection Control for Health Care Interpreters


Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Other)

  • WA DSHS – 3 hours (General)

 

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Instructor(s): Rebecca Pierce began her career as a nurse and infection Preventionist at the George Washington University Hospital, where she obtained an MS in public health microbiology. She completed her doctoral training in infectious disease epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on epidemiologic methods for the study of pathogen transmission dynamics in the healthcare setting and the impact of infection prevention strategies on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus acquisition risk. She has taught courses in infection prevention and control, healthcare epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, and epidemiologic methods. Since July 2017, Pierce has served as the Healthcare-associated Infection (HAI) Program Manager in the Acute & Communicable Disease Prevention Section of the Oregon Health Authority, where her work continues to address surveillance for and prevention of antimicrobial resistance and HAIs.

Description: This course includes a review of pathogens found in the healthcare setting, including multi-drug resistant organisms and blood borne pathogens. It will cover infection prevention strategies to prevent their spread and steps health care interpreters can take to protect themselves and patients. The course also covers content on outbreaks, instructions for donning and doffing personal protective equipment, and review of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to prevent the transmission of infectious agents in healthcare settings. Case studies in infection prevention and outbreak response will be presented with questions for discussion.

TUITION

$30


Terms and Conditions

REFUNDS

No cash refunds.  Credit may be applied toward future classes

LOCATION

OHSU School of Nursing, 1st floor Room  (3455 SW Veterans Hospital Rd Portland, OR 97239). For directions and parking information check HERE.

COURSE COMPLETION

The program is assessed solely on attendance. Students must attend the full class to receive credit.

ADDITIONAL

Please contact us know if you need any additional accommodations.

Important Notes:

Renewal is not an option for qualified HCI’S whose languages have certification exams available. Qualified HCI’S in the languages of Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese must become certified upon termination of their qualification. To do so, they must complete 24 hours of continuing education classes and pass certification exams.

ABOUT OHCIA’s CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:

 OHCIA is proud that our Continuing Education (CE) classes are approved for credit by the CCHI and the NBCMI as well as the Oregon Health Authority.  Class certificates indicate the number of CE units approved by each organization. 

Prior to 2018, OHCIA’s CE classes were approved only through CCHI.  Interpreters who are applying for re-certification through the NBCMI can present their Certificate of Completion indicating the name of the class and the number of credit hours.  Effective 2018, NBCMI no longer automatically accepts CCHI-approved classes for re-certification.  Interpreters should contact NBCMI directly if they feel a class they have taken is eligible for CE credits. 


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Oregon Health  Authority - Office of Equity and Inclusion information on renewal requirements.

OHA RENEWAL: All Oregon State approved HCI letters (Qualified and Certified are valid for 3 years from the date of issue .

All Qualified and Certified HCI's must complete 24 hours of OHA approved continuing education (CEU):

 

  • Six Hours Health Care Interpreter Ethics
  • Six Hours Interpretation Skills
  • Twelve Hours of Any Topic Approved by the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

For further details check their website HERE.