Call for Nominations

2022 NCIHC Language Access Champion Award

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for its 2022 Language Access Champion award.  The purpose of this award is to honor a person, program, or organization whose work has contributed to improving the lives of all persons through the promotion of language access in health care.  NCIHC will present the award to the honoree during its Annual Membership Meeting on April 30, 2022, which will be virtual this year. 

Nomination Process & Criteria

The NCIHC Language Access Champion award is a recognition that comes directly from NCIHC members.  Persons who are submitting nominations must be NCIHC members in good standing holding any type of membership status.   

To submit a nomination, there is no form to fill out.  To nominate a person, program or organization for the award, send an email to [email protected] by Friday, February 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with the following information attached in a Word document:

Nominator (person making the nomination) 

* Name 

* Position 

* Organization/Affiliation 

* Contact telephone number

* E-mail address 


Nominee (person/program/organization being recommended for award) 

* Name (primary contact in the case of a program or organization) 

* Position 

* Organization/Affiliation 

* Contact number and/or email address

  • A description of the person, program or organization that demonstrates their outstanding commitment and contribution to language access.  

It may be helpful to remember the NCIHC mission and vision:

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) is a multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to promote and enhance language access in health care in the United States.  Our vision is that one day all people will receive the same quality of healthcare regardless of their ability to communicate in English. To this end, we promote:

  • Social justice 

  • Respect for and acceptance of all peoples, including small communities, native peoples, and cultural communities whose tradition is oral 

  • The empowerment of limited-English-proficient communities 

  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate practices in health care

FAQs regarding the NCIHC Language Access Champion Process

Who can make a nomination? 

Any NCIHC member in good standing can submit a nomination. 

Must the candidate be an NCIHC member? What if I am not sure if they are a member? 

Candidates for the Language Access Champion Award do not have to be an NCIHC member. 

Where can I find the nomination form? 

There is no official nomination form. Simply submit a description of what the nominee has done to champion language access in health care, along with the title, organization, and contact information for yourself and for the candidate you are nominating.

Must the candidate be an interpreter? 

The award may be given to anyone in the field of healthcare, regardless of position. Thus, Directors/Coordinators of Interpreter Services, physicians and other providers, administrative staff, managers, and other staff in addition to interpreters may be nominated. In addition, individuals in the larger healthcare arena, including but not limited to, insurers, funders, grantmakers, policymakers, and other advocates, may be nominated. 

How will award recipients be determined? 

The selection of the award recipient will be based on the strength of the particular nomination as deemed by the NCIHC Board of Directors. 

When is the deadline for nominations?

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

When will the award recipient be announced?

NCIHC will announce the recipient at least one month prior to the Annual Membership Meeting.

When will the award be presented? 

NCIHC will present the award during the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The meeting will be virtual this year due to the continuing pandemic. 

Must the honoree be present to receive the award? 

While it would be ideal to have the person or representative present, it is not a requirement that the recipient appears in person to receive the award.

Who were the previous honorees? 

In 2021, NCIHC honored Ira Sen Gupta, Previous Director of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, WA. Prior year’s Language Access Champions can be found by clicking here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact NCIHC Annual Membership Meeting Work Group at [email protected].