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    • January 10, 2024
    • December 10, 2025
    • 24 sessions
    • online

    OSTI board meets every 2nd Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

    OSTI Members are welcome to attend.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link.

    To request more info, please contact us.

    • April 13, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center 9205 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225
    • 25

    CCHI, IMIA, WA AOC, and ATA approved for 1 hour.

    This presentation is intended for any individual interested in the field of medical interpretation, as well as for new and/or seasoned interpreters working in other areas. During the first section of the presentation, in-house medical interpreter(s) and a supervisor from UC San Diego Health, the only academic health system in San Diego, California, will be sharing the ins and outs of interpreting in a U.S. hospital system and offering tips for success. The second section of the presentation will focus on oopsies and other unexpected situations experienced by UC San Diego Health’s in-house medical interpreters. They will explain how they managed to think on their toes during these oopsie moments to find the best immediate solutions.

    About Presenters

    Carla Alegre is the Interpreter Services Department Manager and a Spanish Medical Interpreter at UC San Diego Health.

    Carla is a native of Peru, having been raised in Lima. She finished her high school studies and moved to the United States as a student. She learned English as a second language and earned her BA from Loyola University, Chicago. She then further her education by completing the professional certificate of Translation and Interpretation (Spanish/English) from University of California San Diego Division of Extended Studies. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) also recognizes her as a Certified Healthcare Interpreter- Spanish. She has been providing language services since 2011 and her areas of expertise include medical, conference, community, legal, education, immigration, transcription, video and phone.

    Carla became the Manager of Interpreter Services in February 2021. She is dedicated to assuring that the Interpreter Services Department is “seen and understood” as a key component to healthcare. As a proud leader, she believes in personal growth and has obtained her Green and Black Belt from the Lean Six Sigma Training. This year she was chosen by UCSDH to be part of the Health Leadership Academy. Carla reinforces a culture of continuous improvement, patient center care, and transparency. In her free time, Carla spends time learning Brazilian Portuguese, loves Latin dancing, is a huge soccer fan, and a chess player.

    Romina Espinosa (Lima, Peru) is a Spanish<>English interpreter, translator, and creative writer based in San Diego, CA. She received a BA in International Studies from UC San Diego and an MA in Gender and Diversity Studies from the University of Oviedo in Spain. Ms. Espinosa has been offering her language services to direct clients and boutique language agencies since 2017. She also works as an in-house certified medical interpreter at UC San Diego Health. In her spare time, Romina (a five-time marathoner) enjoys nature runs, selecting fresh produce for a new recipe and painting with acrylics.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the model of in-house interpretation services provided at an American academic health system. Ex: Logistics, time management, problem solving, brain storming, effective communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence.

    2. Identify strategies that are suitable and optimal in medical interpreting. Tips from UC San Diego Health interpreters and lived experience that have helped with successful interpreting sessions.

    3. Apply the ethics of medical interpreting when facing encounters in which challenges come up and the interpreter has to think critically to make immediate decisions. There will be examples presented based on real stories. How would you apply some of the ethical principles (Impartiality, Confidentiality, Respect, Accuracy, Integrity, Cultural Response)?

    • June 08, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 25

    This program is accredited by CEAP/CCHI for 7 CE hours
    IMIA/NBCMI approval pending.


    For interpreters, conversations involving palliative care, especially those at end of life, can be among the most difficult to convey - not only linguistically and culturally, but personally. This seven-hour workshop is designed for preparing experienced medical interpreters in palliative care settings. The major messages participants will take away: Palliative care is a distinct and rapidly expanding area of medicine with which all interpreters should be familiar. Palliative care conversations present unique challenges for interpreters that require specific knowledge and skills to overcome. Through study and reflective practice, interpreters can expand their knowledge and improve both their interpreting skills and comfort level related to interpreting in palliative care settings. 

    Start time: Please arrive at 8:30am. Class will start at 9:00am. Ends at 5:00pm with one hour for lunch. The cafeteria will be open or attendees can bring their own lunch. A light snack will be provided in the morning and afternoon.

    Cost: $50 for non-OSTI members, $40, for OSTI members

    Registration is open to 25 people maximum, 5 minimum.

    Bios of instructors

    Carolyn Leavitt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with certification in Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Work. Carolyn has worked for Providence Health & Services since 2011 and joined the Connections Palliative Care team in 2017. In her current role, she is the Lead Social Worker, and works at Providence Willamette Falls hospital. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Art degree in Social Work from Providence College in Rhode Island and her Master of Social Work degree from California State University in Los Angeles, California. Carolyn recently graduated from an 18-month Palliative and End-of-Life Care Leadership Fellowship with The Zelda Foster Studies program at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. In her 18-year career as a clinical social worker, Carolyn has practiced social work in a variety of settings, including non-profit community agencies, schools, outpatient mental health, outpatient medical clinics, and hospitals. Palliative Care is especially close to Carolyn’s heart, as she provided caregiving, advocacy, and end-of-life support for both of her parents.

    Erin Neff-Minyard, Ed.M., CHItm is an Oregon Certified Spanish Health Care Interpreter and Language Access Program Coordinator at Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon, where she has worked since 2007. She was the Chair of the Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters (OCHCI) which advises the Oregon Health Authority on administrative rules and policy standards for the Health Care Interpreter Program and chaired the OCHCI’s Advocacy and Policy Committee. Erin has a master’s in adult education from Oregon State University and worked as a Health Care Interpreting Instructor at Portland Community College from 2011 – 2012.

Past Events

January 27, 2024 Translate-in "A Proclamation for Peace" (a translation "write-in") - with poem included
January 24, 2024 Ethical Dilemmas and Best Practices
January 21, 2024 2024 Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop (1/21 to 2/25)
November 11, 2023 Sight Translation Skills-building workshop – Language Neutral
September 29, 2023 OSTI Conference 2023
September 29, 2023 OSTI 2023 Virtual Conference
September 24, 2023 2023 OSTI Conference Meetup - El Portland Mercado
September 23, 2023 Open House for #OSTI2023 Conference Presenters
September 20, 2023 Open House for #OSTI2023 Conference Presenters
September 16, 2023 Next Appointment? The Kidney Transplant Clinic
August 22, 2023 OSTI Annual Picnic in the Park
July 22, 2023 OSTI 100th Member Celebration Lunch
July 03, 2023 July Literary Translation Workshop
May 31, 2023 Ethical Dilemmas and Best Practices
May 20, 2023 5/20 ATA event "Translating & Interpreting the Future: Empowering Professionals to Innovate and Thrive"
May 14, 2023 OSTI Mothers' Day Poetry Reading
April 15, 2023 Panel 2 for Students Interested in Translation/Interpreting Careers
April 08, 2023 Panel I for Students Interested in Interpreting/Translation Careers
April 06, 2023 NAETISL 4/6: Consecutive Interpreting Interventions and Special Education - Series for Educational Translators and Interpreters
April 01, 2023 A Walk in the Park
March 28, 2023 NAETISL 3/28: Ethical Chat - Exploring Impartiality, Professional Boundaries Advocacy - Educational Translators and Interpreters Series
March 16, 2023 NAETISL 3/16: Can a CAT Make My Life Easier (with Carolina Romero Ramírez) - Educational Translators and Interpreters Series
March 08, 2023 OSTI Celebrating International Women’s Day
February 18, 2023 OSTI Portland Lunch Get-Together
February 16, 2023 Strategies and Scripts to Reduce Mental Fatigue (with Andrea Henri) - Educational Translators and Interpreters Series
January 29, 2023 Winter 2023 Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop (from January 29th to March 5th)
January 24, 2023 Professional Development Opportunities for Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages, II
January 14, 2023 OSTI Portland Lunch Get-Together
January 12, 2023 Professional Development Opportunities for Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages
January 10, 2023 Presentation for The AgriBusiness Management Program
January 07, 2023 Vietnamese Idioms and Terminology with Tram Bui and Dr. Christina Nguyen
November 12, 2022 Meetup Open to All Translators or Interpreters - with Women in German @ PSU - Nov. 12th
October 30, 2022 Fall 2022 Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop (from October 30th to December 10th)
October 02, 2022 Advocacy in Health Care Interpreting in the Context of Systemic Racism
September 16, 2022 Dinner with OSTI
September 16, 2022 OSTI Conference 2022
September 10, 2022 OSTI 2022 Virtual Conference: Words = a Pathway to Peace
August 24, 2022 OSTI Potluck Picnic at the Park
July 27, 2022 OSTI Networking Session
June 29, 2022 Oregon Court Interpreter Cafe, Hosted by OSTI
April 16, 2022 OSTI Spring Gathering in the Park
April 10, 2022 Moments of Presence: Writing Haibun
March 30, 2022 Ethical Dilemmas and Best Practices
March 26, 2022 Advocacy in Health Care Interpreting in the Context of Systemic Racism
March 15, 2022 Spring 2022 Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop (from the Ides of March to May Day)
February 28, 2022 Oregon Court Interpreter Cafe, Hosted by OSTI
February 06, 2022 OSTI Winter Literary Translation Workshop
February 02, 2022 Ethical Dilemmas and Best Practices
January 26, 2022 Oregon Court Interpreter Cafe, Hosted by OSTI
January 19, 2022 Refugee Resettlement In 2022
January 03, 2022 Creative Writing and Writing Poetry in English (or Spanish)
December 10, 2021 Words for Fun: Memory, Periphery, and Then Some (Virtual)
November 29, 2021 Oregon Court Interpreter Cafe, Hosted by OSTI
November 19, 2021 Translation Rights with The Authors Guild, Discussion and Q&A
November 07, 2021 Vietnamese Medical Terminology for Interpreters with Tram Bui and Dr. Christina Nguyen
October 28, 2021 Court Interpreter Cafe, Hosted by OSTI
October 14, 2021 Creating Good VIBE (Virtual Interpreting Booth Experience)
October 03, 2021 OSTI 2021 Annual Board Meeting
October 03, 2021 Fall 2021 Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop
September 17, 2021 OSTI 2021 Virtual Conference: Together Again (from afar)
August 30, 2021 OSTI Court Interpreter Cafe
August 25, 2021 8/25 (Wed) OSTI Board Meeting 7:30 PM
August 15, 2021 Ides of August Literary Translation Meetup (Virtual)
July 28, 2021 OSTI Court Interpreter Cafe - w/ Special Guest André Knaebel FCCI
June 29, 2021 Oregon Court Interpreter Social and Check-In - 6/29/2021
June 21, 2021 Mon 6/21 Rose Garden Social
May 28, 2021 Oregon Court Interpreter Social and Check-In
May 12, 2021 Spring-Summer Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop
April 30, 2021 Oregon Court Interpreter Social w/ Special Guest Aimee Benavides
April 10, 2021 Recreational Linguistics
March 31, 2021 Translators & Interpreters with Pets
March 27, 2021 A Celebration of Heidi Schmaltz's Life
March 23, 2021 Improving interpreting skills - How to help each other
February 26, 2021 Editing Potpourri: A Crash Course in Copyediting for Translators
February 13, 2021 Winter Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop
February 04, 2021 ATA Certification Panel and Q&A
January 20, 2021 OSTI Winter Literary Translation Open Mic
December 09, 2020 OSTI Winter Get-together 12/9 7:30 PM PST
November 11, 2020 OSTI Board meeting
October 18, 2020 Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop - Fall
October 14, 2020 OSTI Board meeting
September 13, 2020 Ethics Workshop by Cynthia Roat (Part of OSTI 2020 Virtual Conference)
September 12, 2020 OSTI 2020 Virtual Conference: From Masks to Mastery
September 09, 2020 OSTI 2020 Annual Members Meeting
August 12, 2020 OSTI Board meeting
July 29, 2020 Happy Hour to Celebrate OSTI Members
July 26, 2020 OSTI Summer 2020 Online Literary Translation Workshop
July 08, 2020 OSTI Board meeting
June 17, 2020 OSTI Literary Translation Open Mic (Virtual)
May 27, 2020 OSTI Remote Social Gathering, May 27, 2020 @ 2pm
April 22, 2020 OSTI Virtual Coffee Meet-Up - We Miss Seeing Your Faces!
April 19, 2020 OSTI Multi-Language Literary Translation Workshop
March 05, 2020 ATA Certification Exam Q&A
January 25, 2020 Social Gathering


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