Interprter class 2017
More than 60 bilingual individuals representing 16 different languages have received training as medical interpreters with Foundation training scholarships.

INTERPRETER TRAINING

Why is training for medical interpreters important?

  • According to the 2010 census, about 13% of the US population is foreign-born, and of those, almost half report speaking English "less than very well." In Fort Wayne, this is as many as 23,000 individuals.
  • If a patient does not understand medical information conveyed by healthcare professionals because of a language barrier, there is a high potential for serious clinical consequences starting with a lack of true, informed consent for a specific medical procedure. Without informed consent, providers could face significant liability for negligence and malpractice, as well as monetary damages.

In an effort to increase the capacity of trained interpreters in our community, the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation offers scholarships for grantee partner staff and community volunteers to attend approved medical interpretation training courses.

THE 2018 SPRING 64-HOUR MEDICAL INTERPRETATION CLASS IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 9TH - MAY 11TH.

Applications will be accepted February 7th - February 28th.  

For additional information please see copies of our 2018 class description and application or available scholarships.

If you have any questions about the class, please email Amy Saleik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ONGOING INTERPRETER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In an effort to increase the knowledge of trained interpreters and for those interested in becoming trained interpreters in our community, the St. Joseph Community

Health Foundation offers free ongoing education webinars in conjunction with our community partner The Language Services Network.

For a list of upcoming webinars download Here.