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Healthcare interpreters possess subject matter expertise about their profession and issues affecting healthcare interpreting industry. According to the Association of Language Companies, the largest sector of interpreting services delivered by language companies in the U.S. is health care. We are an important and powerful profession on many levels. It is vital that interpreters recognize that they need to engage with legislators at various levels whenever matters affecting the profession are under consideration. Legislators consult with experts in every other industry on professional issues. Other professionals (doctors, nurses, lawyers, insurance agents, bankers, etc.) are present when laws and regulations that affect their work are being discussed. This is how practitioners advocate for their profession. Interpreters need to offer their expertise with the same authority. If interpreters are not present, others will provide uninformed or their interest-driven opinions, and the profession will suffer the consequences.


Where to start?

  1. Listen to the recording of the webinar on civic engagement (click here) that CCHI held on May 31, 2017, with CCHI’s Chair Margarita Bekker, Bill Rivers, Executive Director of Joint National Committee for Languages–National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL–NCLIS), and Don Schinske, Executive Director of California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) and Advocacy Director of Cal Capitol Group. CCHI expresses its deep gratitude to the presenters for offering this recording and their presentation slides to the public free of charge.
  2. Review the PowerPoint slides of their presentations – click here. The content of the PowerPoint presentations contained in this file is courtesy of its respective authors/their organizations, all rights reserved.
  3. Review additional resources about professional advocacy and civic engagement provided below. Share your resources with us (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll add your links to this webpage).


National Advocacy Efforts



Tracking and searching federal legislation:


Info about State Legislatures


Tracking and searching state legislation:


California Legislature Resources:


Info about Local Legislatures

Tracking local legislation is similar to tracking state legislation. Locate the website for your local government and then look for “legislation,” “county council,” or something similar. Most local governments post the ordinances they have voted on in the past, as well as an agenda for upcoming votes.


#GetEngaged        #GetCertified

We invite you to explore our website and join us because your talents and expertise are critical to ensuring that healthcare interpreter certification remains for interpreters, by interpreters and for the public good.


July 2017 - CCHI opens nominations for two volunteer Board positions for the term from August 15, 2017 to August 14, 2020. Nominations must be submitted on the provided Nomination Form by July 21, 2017. For details, click here.


CCHI continously looks for volunteers to become our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). If you are interested, please download and fill out the SME Application (click here), and email it to us along with your full resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted when CCHI convenes a specific SME panel for a specific project.

We are calling for volunteers to become our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Test Item Development Project! Click here for more information. Applications are due by August 27, 2017.


Healthcare Interpreters

Volunteer for CCHI's Outreach Committee and Social Media Group. Please email us your letter of interest and full resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

Take advantage of our incentives to get all of your healthcare interpreters certified.  Please click here and learn about our bulk discounts.

Language Service Providers

Remove the guess work and reduce your risks and liability when assigning interpreters. Please click here to learn more about getting the competitive edge.

Training Providers

Ensure that your programs are visible to healthcare interpreters seeking to maintain their skills.  Please click here to learn more about accrediting your continuing education programs.

State Government Offices

Ensure that contractors and employees offering interpreting services meet the national competency standards.  Please click here to determine if your interpreters are qualified.  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss collaboration opportunities.