ISG began in January 2004 as a committee representing Minnesota under the Upper Midwest Translation and Interpreters Association. The committee was a forum for collaboration among providers, health care organizations, insurance companies, interpreters and interpreter agencies.
To improve access to spoken foreign language interpreting services, ISG had obtained grants to train interpreters across greater Minnesota. ISG also worked with state legislators in the passage of Statute 144.058 Interpreter Services Quality Initiative in 2008, and a subsequent change to the Medical Assistance statute in 2010.
In March, 2011, the ISG incorporated as an independent non-profit corporation, and obtained tax-exempt status in March, 2012.
To improve the delivery of spoken language interpreter services in Minnesota, and to promote the professionalization of the interpreting industry as a whole.
Meaningful access through interpreter services for limited English proficient populations. Areas of focus include but are not limited to healthcare, social services, education, and legal.
These are the overall objectives of ISG. These objectives are not worked on with equal emphasis each year.
- Identify and promote interpreter training opportunities among prospective interpreters and employers across the state in order to increase the number of interpreters who have completed at least a minimum of interpreter training.
- Seek funding opportunities to expand avenues of training, evaluation, and partnerships.
- Discuss effective evaluation mechanisms for quality of interpreting (standardized pre- and post-testing, consumer feedback, health care provider and user input).
- Explore options for enhanced interpreter service delivery models in MN.
- Identify and implement internships for interpreters who would benefit from shadowing other professionals.
- Address issues that would help make the profession of interpreting more attractive (e.g., appropriate reimbursement for qualified interpreters, employment opportunities, education of providers, etc.).