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?
National Advocacy Efforts
Tracking and searching federal legislation: www.congress.gov
Info about State Legislatures
Tracking and searching state legislation: www.llsdc.org/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.
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.
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.
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
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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