December 7 – 1st Annual OHCIA Health Care Interpreter Certification Conference

Please join the OHCIA at this special event at Tuality Hospital, in Hillsboro, on December 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is requested. For more details, please click here.

Health Care Interpreter Scholarships for Qualification and Certification

News from the Oregon Health Authority:

We are now accepting applications for the Health Care Interpreter Program Scholarships! Funds will be awarded to Oregon residents (or those who can provide verification that their service area includes the state of Oregon) to fulfill requirements for Health Care Interpreter Qualification or Certification, including training, testing registration, and incurred transportation costs. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s experience in and/or commitment to the health care interpreting field and financial need. Priority will be given to the languages represented within Oregon and to Health Care Interpreters who provide in-person services in settings affiliated with Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations. To be considered, please submit your application by November 1, 2013. You may find the application here!

Please contact Omar Carrillo at or 971-673-3359 if you have any questions.

Omar Carrillo Tinajero
OHA Office of Equity and Inclusion
421 SW Oak St., Suite 750
Portland, OR 97204

National Board testing sites in Oregon

The National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters now has oral exam testing sites in Portland, Salem and White City, Oregon. This should help medical interpreters in Oregon obtain certification.

Situation of medical interpreters in Oregon

In May of 2013 the International Medical Interpreter Association hosted its Annual National Medical Interpreter Certification Forum in Portland, Oregon. According to The Oregonian, the high cost of medical interpreting certification is the main challenge for the 3,500 medical interpreters in Oregon to get certified. At the time, there were only about 41 medical interpreters who were either Qualified or Certified by Oregon standards. We invite you to read the article.

Medical Interpreter Training in Oregon – New Courses

On July 31, the Oregon Health Authority approved several new training providers for applicants for Medical Interpreting Certification in Oregon. As of August 21, 2013, these are the authorized training centers in Oregon:

Cross Cultural Health Care Program – Bridging the Gap – training
Cascade AHEC Spanish Healthcare Interpreter Training Program
Gaucha Translations – The Community Interpreter – Medical
Language Line Academy – Where Oregon Interpreters Train for Professional Careers
Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association
PCC CLIMB Health Care/Medical Interpreting
Western Oregon University – Healthcare Interpreting Program

Now those who want to be certified will have more choices. Until about eight months ago, there were only two authorized training centers.
In Oregon, less than 60 medical interpreters have met the State requirements for certification.
When a doctor makes a medical diagnosis, at least 60% of the information he considers comes from his interview with the patient. If the largest source of information the doctor uses is not interpreted accurately and completely, the consequences can be serious.

National Council on Interpreting in Health Care – National Standards for Health Care Interpreter Training Programs

Court interpreter rate change

For the first time since its inception in 1995, the rate for Oregon certified court interpreters has been raised.

The original rate was $32.50/hour, minimum 2 hours. The current rate, as of July 1, 2013, is $40/hour, minimum 2 hours.

We want to thank everyone who participated in this effort.

Helen Eby