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11.17.2017

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters

Helping Ourselves While Helping Others: Civic Engagement Toolbox for Healthcare Interpreters

 

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: www.congress.gov

 

Info about State Legislatures

Directory: www.ncsl.org/aboutus/ncslservice/state-legislative-websites-directory.aspx

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.

 

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