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."
Click the link below for the article
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: