The pandemic has heightened the need for interpreters as hospitals cope with a disproportionate number of COVID-19 patients who speak languages other than English.
As of mid-May, 22% of the Minnesota Department of Health’s interviews with people who had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases required an interpreter — more than five times the proportion of the state’s population that lacks fluency in English....
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The CCHI Commissioners announce two new initiatives to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our certificants and candidates.
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MN DEED announced that independent contractors are now being issued Unemployment Insurance.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic upends life across Minnesota, government agencies, community outreach groups and religious leaders are scrambling to distribute information to more than 100,000 state residents who speak little or no English.
They’re also trying to address the reticence of some immigrants to seek medical assistance out of fear that it could jeopardize their pathway to citizenship.
“If we have a part of our population that’s afraid to seek care and not getting access and could end up being more vulnerable and more impacted by COVID-19, that affects everyone’s health,” said Danushka Wanduragala, international health coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. “So we need to make sure that no one is being marginalized, no one is being denied care whatever their immigration status is, or their language capability.”
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CCHI Commissioners and one of our advisors discussed today (in a webinar format) the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for healthcare interpreters individually and for the profession as a whole.
The panelists were Wilma Alvarado-Little, M.A., M.S.W. (NY), Margarita Bekker, CoreCHI™ (CA), Mateo Rutherford, M.A., CHI™-Spanish (CA), Idolly Oliva, M.B.A. (MN), and CCHI’s executive director Natalya Mytareva, M.A., CoreCHI™ (OH), moderated the conversation. They discussed the issues of infection control and ethical dilemmas during the pandemic, challenges of switching to the remote modality from the interpreter’s and manager’s perspectives, implications of canceled CE events, interpreter self-care, and CCHI’s testing procedures.
If you missed the live webinar, you may watch the recording at https://youtu.be/aCg6up32gjU.
If you need a CE certificate, then watch the recording (free of charge) from our online training module at https://cchiinterpreters.org. It is accredited by CEAP/CCHI for 1.5 CE hours. To enroll in this course, click on the course name and create an account (if you already have one on this site, just login). Then, click on the course name again and enter the code 2020COVID-19.
Also, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page at https://cchicertification.org/covid-19/.
Thank you for your work, understanding and support.
"COVID-19 already having a big impact on interpreters working not only in conference interpreting but in healthcare, court systems, and public services."
"But the even greater danger is to the vulnerable populations many of us interpret for: patients, refugees, defendants, students and families. If they lose access to us, they lose access to their ability to communicate their needs."
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COVID-19's Urgent Message: All for One and One for All
The Government Operations Committee amended the bill to increase the number of interpreters on the Advisory Council from three to six. The bill referred to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division Committee.
The House HHS Policy Committee heard and amended the registry bill to be in synch with the Senate bill language. It was referred to the Committee onGovernment Operations.
This is a message of support and encouragement for our wonderful interpreters across the country.
There is some information below that you can use to keep you safe from getting sick and prevent you from transmitting germs between any of the people that you contact each day.
Message to Healthcare Interpreters on Coronavirus from Linda Golley- author of Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Medical Interpreters.pdf
You can also earn 1 CEU if you are certified as a health interpreter. Many courts may also accept this as continuing education. Access this fully narrated one-hour training FREE at this link: