January 2, 2020

Happy New Year!

Dear CCHI certificants, raters, SMEs and supporters !

Happy New Year!

2019 was a busy and successful year for CCHI. As always, we concentrated on our main mission which is to certify healthcare interpreters in US. With this in mind, we listened to you  and made important chances in our testing and renewal process.  We have a new vendor who we believe will provide spurious testing experience to our candidates. We switched from 2 to 4 year renewal cycle. We have two administrative and customer support staff members who help our candidates and certificates with all of their certifications and renewal needs.

2019 was also a year of celebration. CCHI celebrated our ten-year anniversary at the Summit in Minneapolis. The in person and online turnout was beyond and above of our expectations. As a Chair of CCHI,  I am grateful  to all the sponsors, speakers and volunteers for making this event a success.  Our entire board and staff worked extremely hard  for many months  to put together this event which was not only celebratory but educational as well.  Thank you all who attended and supported us! For me as a CCHI Chair, it is tremendously gratifying to see support form our diverse community.

Many attendees asked me if CCHI will  have another Summit. My answer is “Absolutely! We will have a 20th Summit in 2029!”. CCHI, the only accredited certification organization for healthcare interpreters is here to stay !

2020 will be exciting year for CCHI. As many of you know, we spent 2019 fundraising and organizing our EtoE Research Study.  We are proud that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation believed in us and provide us with a grant. We are also grateful to all who donated to our crowd-funding campaign. We hope that the EtoE Research Study will provide us with definitive answer if language neutral performance testing of healthcare interpreters can became a reality. If you are thinking about volunteering for the EtoE Research Study, the time is now!

As a Chair of CCHI, I wish you joy, health, and professional success in 2020!

Margarita Bekker
CCHI Chair

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