Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters Application Forms

There are vacancies on the Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreter Interpreters.

In 2016, the composition of the Council changes to reflect the new law:

(1) The Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters is created in the Oregon Health Authority. The council shall consist of no more than 15 members, appointed by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority, representing:

(a) Persons with expertise and experience in the administration of or policymaking for programs or services related to interpreters;
(b) Employers or contractors of health care interpreters;
(c) Health care interpreter training programs;
(d) Language access service providers; and
(e) Practicing certified and qualified health care interpreters.

How is this different from the previous Council composition?
Previously, no interpreters were listed as members. Now, interpreters are the first on the list. Will they respond to the call?
Previously, it was 25 members, now it is a maximum of 15.
Previously, it was appointed by the Governor. Now it is appointed by the Director of the OHA. This means that appointments are processed more quickly.

On this page there are two important links:

1. The application for being a member of the Council. Please fill it out and send it to april.r.johnson@state.or.us. She is forwarding these applications to the right place in the time of transition between the current Council and the new 2016 application.

Council meetings are quarterly, and are held by GoTo Meeting or by phone. They are announced regularly on this page so all members of the public can be aware of the topics, download materials, and attend, being fully informed, according to Oregon Public Meetings Law.

2. The application for being a member of a Committee. Council members are expected to also join one of the subcommittees and contribute to a committee as part of their work. Please fill it out and send it to april.r.johnson@state.or.us.

Council meetings are quarterly, and are held by GoTo Meeting or by phone. They are announced regularly on this page so all members of the public can be aware of the topics, download materials, and attend, being fully informed, according to Oregon Public Meetings Law.

Committees/Workgroups such as the Training and the Legislative Committee are currently meeting on a monthly basis for one hour a month, also meeting by GoTo Meeting. They are chaired by Council members. These groups can include subject matter experts who are not members of the Council.

Certified interpreters are a very important part of this process. Certified interpreters understand the work of interpreting and the risks involved. At OSTI, we support the professional development of the interpreting field and look forward to the composition of a Council that supports professional standards as established by the National Council, ASTM, CLAS Standards, and the NBCMI, to support full implementation of Title VI Language Access.

Why use certified, qualified interpreters and other trained language professionals?