Medical interpreters from around the country will meet in Portland, Maine to advocate language access

Portland, Ore., May 9, 2017 — On June 9, professional medical interpreters from all over the country will meet in Portland, Maine for the Annual Membership Meeting of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC). They will be joined by language companies, language advocates, and healthcare providers from around the country.

Certified Languages International (CLI) is this year’s platinum “warrior” sponsor of the event. The company’s sponsorship helps NCIHC secure a venue for the meeting and host keynote speakers.

Medical interpreters play a more important role in the healthcare system than ever before. 1 in 5 people in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home, and many healthcare professionals have historically relied on interpreters to help communicate with limited English proficient (LEP) patients. But recent enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) standardized and regulated the use of interpreters in healthcare settings. This section of the law requires the use of qualified healthcare interpreters when treating or communicating with patients who speak English less than very well.

Professional healthcare interpreters have also become important over the past several years as medical research and healthcare initiatives have linked improved healthcare outcomes and decreased readmission rates with more effective communication between patient and healthcare providers.

Kevin Cunningham, NCIHC board member, says, “NCIHC brings together people from all over the country who speak different languages but share a professional background as medical interpreters. Not only does the Membership Meeting serve to promote the profession, but interpreters at the event also network and connect with other interpreters.”

NCIHC promotes language access by advocating for the use of professional, qualified healthcare interpreters. At this year’s Annual Membership Meeting, interpreters will meet to discuss developments in the interpreting profession and ways to promote language access in healthcare. Members will have the opportunity to attend workshops focused on the interpreting profession. This year’s keynote speakers are Alison Beyea, from the ACLU of Maine, and Meryl Troop, a deaf services advocate.

CLI has been supporting the event for close to a decade and is this year’s top sponsor.

 

ABOUT NCIHC – The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care is dedicated to promoting language access in healthcare in the United States. It has hosted Annual Membership Meetings since its formal establishment in 1998. NCIHC advocates the standardization of the medical interpreting professional through training and testing.

ABOUT CLI – Certified Languages International celebrates 20 years of interpreting excellence in the U.S. It offers over-the-phone interpreting (OPI), Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), and translation services. CLI connects hundreds of clients daily to interpreters of more than 220 languages.