The NCIHC is a multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to promote and 
enhance language access in health care in the United States. 


NCIHC position on recent whistleblower allegations against ICE

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care is alarmed to learn of alleged abuses against immigrants detained by ICE at the Irwin Detention Center in Georgia. If true, the lack of adequate medical attention, the substandard living conditions, and the disregard for COVID-related safety precautions are unconscionable and inhumane. Even more, the alleged hysterectomies being performed on immigrant women without their informed consent represent, if true, violations of medical ethical standards and civil/criminal law, as well as violations of these women’s civil and human rights. Reports that these women, who spoke limited or no English, were deprived of their legal right to a qualified interpreter call into question whether informed consent would even have been possible. 
 
NCIHC is expediently working on a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to demand an investigation into these allegations of abuse, including the lack of access to qualified interpreters, in the Irwin Detention Center and in all ICE detention facilities. 
 
NCIHC invites stakeholders of language access and the interpreting profession to sign on the letter to amplify the concern.  If your organization or association wishes to sign on the NCIHC letter to the Inspector General, please send an email to [email protected] by end of day Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

INFOGRAPHIC: COVID Best Practice Guidelines for Clients of Interpreting Services


 The NCIHC teamed up with CHIA and IMIA to develop a statement supporting #blacklivesmatter. Please click here to read it.


The National Council is a co-signer and supporter of this Open Letter on Ensuring Healthcare Interpreters’ Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resources for Language Access and General Information about COVID-19


NCIHC Annual Membership Meeting Rescheduled

The NCIHC Board of Directors and Event Planning Committee have been monitoring developments of the COVID-19 virus to make a decision about this year's Annual Membership Meeting that was scheduled for April 30 - May 1 in Portland, Oregon. In response to the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and with the safety and well-being of everyone who would be attending in mind, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the Annual Membership Meeting to April 2021. We want to follow proper public health steps in light of the fact that COVID 19 has officially been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and assure containing the spread of this outbreak. We truly regret that we had to make this necessary change. We have rescheduled our AMM to April 8 - 10, 2021.  We will stay in Portland and will update you with new information for next year when that becomes available.

We hope you understand, appreciate your continued support, and look forward to working with the healthcare system and language access during this pandemic

All our best,
NCIHC Board


 

  JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE

2019 LANGUAGE ACCESS CHAMPIONS

The NCIHC Language Access Champion Award Honors a person, program or organization whose work has contributed to improving the lives of all people through the promotion of
language access in health care. 

 

AllCare Health, Inc. is a physician-led organization that manages a Medicare Advantage Plan and Managed Medicaid in Southern Oregon. AllCare has a formal Health Equity committee that looks at health care disparities across the region. In 2015 AllCare and So-Health-E (a local regional health equity coalition) completed several listening sessions with the Latino community. The response overwhelmingly was that the community needed more Certified Medical Interpreters. AllCare added a Health Equity measure to our Alternative Payment Models as part of the reimbursement with our Provider Network. The measure could also be met for offices that had at least one Certified or Qualified Medical Interpreter on staff. Training and certification was identified as the main barrier to interpreters in the area. AllCare licenses a 64 hour interpreter training form Cross Cultural Solutions called Bridging the Gap. This training is offered twice a year and scholarships are made available. For an interpreter to become certified there is an oral test that must be completed. There was only one location in the state that offered this test. AllCare worked with Certification for Health Care Interpreters to offer two sites in Southern Oregon to offer the test. Please see the attached graph that shows the increase of the availability of the workforce over five (5) years and when interventions began. AllCare has also become the only insurance plan in the state of Oregon that allows providers to bill for Certified or Qualified Interpreters directly through the claims system.

 

Jorge U. Ungo has dedicated his career to providing high quality language access services in health care. As the director of an international interpreting program, Jorge was responsible for all business operations including the development of specialized training programs and quality assurance processes. Today, Jorge is a Strategic Healthcare Account Executive for LanguageLine Solutions, and is also a Commissioner at the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). In addition to his work with language services providers, Jorge has served as President of the Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators (TAHIT) and as a board member of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC). Additionally, Jorge has served on the boards of the Houston Interpreters and Translators Association (HITA), the Texas Alliance for Patient Services (TAPS), and Encuentro Latino. Jorge was also the founding acting administrator of the American Translators Association Medical Division (ATA-MD). Jorge has committed more hours of his life to his volunteer efforts on behalf of LEP people and language access services and quality than he has to his full-time working career, which seeks to serve the same communities. He is a person with a passion for making lives better for people unable to help themselves. He is someone who has done SO much for our mission already, but still has so much to accomplish, so much to give, and justly should be inspired to continue as this year's Language Access Champion.

 


 

ProZ.com community choice awards 2014
Best training course (interpreting)
ProZ.com community choice awards 2014
Best Twitter account (interpreting)
ProZ.com community choice awards 2014
Best Facebook page (interpreting) 
 

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