July 15th is a special day for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). July 15th is our birthday! We are proud of all that we have accomplished working together with stakeholders in the healthcare interpreting profession and industry. We have provided a national, accredited, comprehensive certification to over 3,000 healthcare interpreters across the nation.
This year our birthday celebration is extra special. In 2017, we established the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI™ Scholarship. This scholarship supports certification of interpreters of languages for which only the CoreCHI™ certification is currently available, including refugee languages and languages of lesser diffusion. It is an important milestone in the life of CCHI as a non-profit organization. We did not do it alone. Today, as we are announcing the first recipients, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Fluency Inc. and Bill Glasser, personally, for the contribution to our inaugural scholarship.
Fluency Inc. is a leading Software as a Service provider that provides spoken and American Sign Language agencies efficient, industry-leading tools to schedule, track, invoice and document face-to-face interpreting encounters. By supporting the professionalization of interpreters through our contribution, we strengthen the capacity and continued excellence of our partner language agencies nationwide, thereby improving language access for our nation’s millions of LEP people in a virtuous cycle of accountability and quality assurance.
The first recipients of the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI™ Scholarship, sponsored byFluency, are:
- Briscoe, Pornwipa L. (Thai; CA)
- Foster, Marcia N (Portuguese; GA)
- Maldonado Hernandez, Domingo (K’iche; OH)
- Ntunzwenimana, Marc (French, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda; ME)
- Tagarian, Mehdi (Farsi; WA)
CCHI and Fluency Inc. commend the achievements and the commitment to professional success of the scholarship winners. We wish them the best of luck on their testing and certification journey.