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,

Trauma, Language, and Social Justice

At the 14th Annual Membership Meeting, we will look at the issues of trauma, language, and social justice through the lens of health care, and healthcare-related, interpreting. As we head into 2020, we leave a tumultuous year in which, as a field, we highlighted the efforts to preserve indigenous languages; pioneered efforts to gain a foothold in educational settings; promoted gender-neutral language; and supported our colleagues in California fighting for worker’s rights.  

This work is not without its challenges and often faces strident opposition. We know that interpreters often work in less than ideal settings, and often interpret very challenging exchanges. As interpreters, we understand the importance of language, and indeed of a single word, especially when the consequences can be life-changing. Encounters such as these can be emotionally triggering, especially on top of events taking place on the national landscape from which none of us are immune.   

As the mission of the NCIHC is one of social justice, we believe in the power of language to transform lives. Join us in Portland, Oregon for the 14th AMM to explore issues related to trauma -- both physical and mental, both past and present; language and, ultimately, how we can promote social justice in our communities.


Become a Member to Attend
Interpreters, translators, language access advocates, hospital administrators, service providers, immigration law makers, interpreter department managers/directors and all involved in language access and immigrant/refugee issues are welcome and encouraged to attend. Since this is truly a membership meeting, and not a conference, all attendees are required to be a part of NCIHC. To become a member please visit:

The meeting will be hosted at Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Ave, Portland, OR 97204
We will be on the 23rd floor -- look at those views!!!

Hospital Tour
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time TBD
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
More instructions on where to meet with be forthcoming. 

Meet & Greet Welcome Reception
Thursday, April 30, 2020
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Grand Central Bowl
SE 8th and Morrison Street, Portland 

Annual Membership Meeting
Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2
Hilton Portland Downtown





Thursday, April 30 Friday, May 1 Saturday, May 2

8:00am - 5:00pm

8:30am - 12:00pm

Hospital Tour
Time TBD


Welcome Reception
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Interpretini Reception
6:30pm - 9:30pm





Early Bird Registration (ends April 1, 2020) - $150
Regular Registration - $190
*Pacific NorthWest New Member Special: $150 (applies to NEW members only in Oregon or Washington; contact [email protected] if interested) 


Please note, this is our ​annual membership meeting, so there is no non-member registration rate. If you would like to register, please join the NCIHC to be able to take advantage of the benefits, including attendance at this informative event on language access.

Hotel Room Rates:  
The Hilton Portland Downtown is offering a $169 group rate for #2020NCIHC attendees.
For easy online booking, go to the Hilton Portland Downtown website at and enter the three letter code: NCI into the Group / Convention Code box as you make the reservation. You may also call 1-800-HILTONS and speak with a reservations agent to book a room. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made by April 10, 2020

Program / Agenda 

Keynote Speakers
Click here to read full press release

Anisa Ibrahim is a UW Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director at Harborview Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Ibrahim’s specific clinical interests include caring for and outreach to immigrant and refugee populations, specifically those with medical or social complexity. She is committed to caring for low income, socially vulnerable populations with limited English proficiency in order to connect them to the resources and services they need for their health and well-being. Dr. Ibrahim is a strong advocate for community focused work and partnerships. She is the president of the Board of Directors of the Somali Health Board, a local community organization addressing health disparities in the Somali community. Nationally, Dr. Ibrahim is an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatric’s Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health.

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie has over 20 years of experience working with and advocating for refugees and immigrants. As a 1.5 generation refugee, she brings a unique perspective for understanding the strengths and complexities of this community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Sociology from Eastern Oregon University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her graduate research focused on the disparities in language access for limited English proficient individuals in healthcare and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization process. As an interpreter, consultant, trainer, and community organizer, she believes strongly in raising awareness about meaningful language access and when introduced with humility, can reshape the narratives of historically underserved limited English proficient communities, and ultimately transform systems. 


Exhibitors / Sponsors
Contact Kevin Cunningham: [email protected]

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least two weeks (14 days) advance notice. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. To request an accommodation, please email:  [email protected].