The goal of the Medical Interpretation program is to improve the access to and quality of medical care for AAPIs with limited English competency. Through a contract with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, APCA provides medical interpretation services at the county's Refugee Screening Clinic. APCA uses a number of individuals to provide interpretation services in refugee languages (e.g., Somali, Arabic, Burmese and Nepalese). In addition, APCA has recently received a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to further develop its capacity to provide medical interpretation services. Grant funds will be used to support the development of a business plan and to establish a cohort of trained medical interpreters.
Please visit Bridging Cultures: Connecting Lives Through Language for more information.
- Studies indicate that the use of patient family members and/or untrained hospital staff for medical interpretation can lead to medical errors and otherwise potentially compromise a patient's right to privacy.
- Individuals fluent in English and an Asian/Pacific Islander language and interested in medical interpretation as a source of employment should contact Ms. Kamana Khadka.
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