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.
For more information about the Medical Interpreter Training please email Amy Saleik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Download a list of upcoming webinars here.