Language Access for the Whole Person – Body, Mind, and Spirit
Minneapolis, Minnesota

When:          Friday, June 5, 2015:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                     Saturday, June 6, 2015:  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

                     “Interpretini “ Reception / Language Access Champions Awards Ceremony 

                      Friday, June 5, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:         Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
                     1500 Washington Ave South
                     Minneapolis, MN  55454              


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Introducing the AMM 2015 Keynote Speakers!

 Rosa Garcia-Peltoniemi, Keynote Presentation, on "Interpreting for Torture Survivors -- Restoring the Dignity of the Human Spirit"

The NCIHC is pleased to announce that Rosa E. Garcia-Peltoniemi, PhD, LP, will be a Keynote Speaker at this year's Annual Membership Meeting in Minneapolis.  Dr. Garcia-Peltoniemi is a Senior Consulting Clinician at the  Center for Victims of Torture where she has been since 1987.  Her clinical and research background is in cross-cultural assessment and intervention with survivors of political trauma.  She has lectured extensively on refugee mental health topics and has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental   Health's Refugee Program.  She is the 2014 recipient of the Minnesota                   Psychological Association's Diversity in Leadership Award.  Dr. Garcia-Peltoniemi has long been an advocate of providing language access in services to refugees.

Sahra Noor, Keynote Presentation, on Challenges and Best Practices in Providing Language Access in Healthcare to LLD Communities

The NCIHC is pleased to announce that Sahra Noor will offer a Keynote Presentation during the Saturday, June 6, 2015 Plenary Session of the AMM on "Challenges and Best Practices in Providing Language Access in Healthcare to LLD  Communities."

Sahra Noor is the Chief Executive Officer of People’s Center Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Noor has more than 15 years of experience serving medically underserved populations in the Twin Cities as a leader and clinician. Prior to joining People’s Center Health Services, she held leadership roles at Fairview Health Services as director of community health and language services and at UnitedHealth Group as director of clinical operations for Medicaid populations in several states across the United States. She considers herself as a bridge-builder and culture broker, someone who understands the American health care system and the needs of low-income and immigrant communities.  Noor holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from St. Catherine University and a master’s degree in Nursing and Health Systems Administration from the University of Minnesota. She was recently chosen as one of the top 40 young business leaders under the age of 40 by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Click here or the image below to view her keynote presentation!

The 2015 Language Access Champions have been Announced! 

Three leading advocates for language access in healthcare will each be recognized at the 9th Annual Membership Meeting of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC). 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 linguistic competence in healthcare.  “The nominations for this year’s recipients were overwhelmingly impressive, and I can state unequivocally that each is truly deserving of this recognition,” stated Enrica J. Ardemagni, NCIHC President. “From the research and development of an entire healthcare interpreting curriculum to writing the first Standards of Practice, hands-on direct provision of actual interpreting, and management of an interpreter services department, these devoted individuals have all played a remarkable role in language access.”  

Congratulations to:

  • Bruce T. Downing, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics / Former Director of the Program in Translation and Interpreting, University of Minnesota
  • Maria-Paz Beltran Avery, PhD, Managing Project Director, Education Development Center, Newton, MA
  • Tracy Young, Language Access Services Coordinator, Barton Health, Lake Tahoe, NV 

“It is gratifying to give these individuals the recognition and honor they deserve for their endless efforts to promote language access in health care,” said Interim Vice President Marina Hadjiannou Waters.  “Each one is a true hero and embodies the concept of champion.”

Downing, Avery and Young join a distinguished group of individuals and organizations selected as Language Access Champions from prior years.  The award ceremony will take place at the NCIHC “Interpretini” Reception, an annual event held at the end of the first day of the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting, this year focusing on “Language Access for the Whole Person—Body, Mind, and Spirit.” 

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