During 2020 it was my privilege to be a member of the Oregon Council for Healthcare Interpreters. During 2020, the Council did not sit still. We worked on a variety of projects to support language access.
In early March, we supported OHA as they drafted a guide for infection control guidance for in-person interpreters and health care providers who work with them.
Later, we continued and published several documents listed on the Training Programs page:
At the top of the page:
- Language Proficiency Testing Vendor Application (downloaded from OHA site on April 5, 2021)
A new section called Articles Relevant to Health Care Interpretation:
Each of these documents is relevant to the profession, helpful for interpreters to continue to grow as a strong, sustainable profession in Oregon. They were drafted by a team of subject matter experts, reviewed by a committee at public meetings, brought to a vote, and published by the State of Oregon, which has its own set of standards. In our public meetings, visitors always have time to give input, which goes on the record. Therefore, these documents have a very rigorous review process built into them.
2020 was a year of setting up resources for our beloved profession to grow stronger. It was a year well spent.