CCHI Certificants and Supporters,
2017 was a challenging and busy year for all of us. In a year of political upheavals, uncomfortable revelations, and natural disasters, many of interpreters that have been certified by CCHI were personally affected by hurricanes and fires this year. We hope the relief measures we offered helped in restoring their lives.
As healthcare interpreters, we all worry about changes in the U.S. healthcare system. Over 500 interpreters participated in the “Helping Ourselves While Helping Others: Civic Engagement Toolbox for Healthcare Interpreters” webinar, because for interpreters, standing on the sidelines is not an option if we want to be serious about language access in health care and the professionalization of the healthcare interpreting field.
2017 was also a year of growth. We are proud of our 3,300+ certified interpreters. Every time a healthcare interpreter decides to get certified is an opportunity for them to take their career to new heights.
In 2017, CCHI continued to support professional development of healthcare interpreters by offering free and low-cost continuing education (CE) webinars that are accessible to all interpreters, by maintaining a conference listing page, and by offering other educational resources on our website. CCHI has accredited numerous quality training programs and healthcare interpreter conferences through our CEAP program making the opportunity to obtain continuing education easier for interpreters both certified and on the path towards certification. Lastly, but most exciting of all, we had the opportunity to establish and award the first round of Discover Healthcare Interpreting scholarships to nine CoreCHI™ candidates. We will continue these activities in 2018.
As the CCHI Chair, I want to express special appreciation to our supporters: companies such as Fluency, Inc. and MARTTI, who helped launch the Discover Healthcare Interpreting Scholarship program. I am also grateful to our Commissioners who volunteer their time, efforts, and financial contributions, and to our webinar presenters who share their expertise with our community of interpreters, as well as to our dedicated staff and raters. Most of all, I am grateful to all our CHI™ and CoreCHI™ certified interpreters who have trusted CCHI – the first national healthcare interpreter certification program to earn accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
I anticipate that 2018 will be another busy year for CCHI. Among a few of the projects slated for 2018 is the CoreCHI™ enhancement and our new website. We invite you to get connected with us through our social media channels to stay informed and be the first to hear about opportunities to get involved!
I wish you all Happy Holidays! May 2018 bring you and your family joy, peace, and health.
Margarita Bekker, CoreCHI™