Program to Offer Training to Bilingual
for Enhanced Patient Care
Tennessee (September 20, 2004) –
Are you fluent in Spanish and English, as well as interested in becoming a
trained interpreter in a healthcare setting?
new program administered by the Children’s FoundationResearchCenter in affiliation
with the University
of Tennessee’s College of Allied Health Sciences, will be offered
on Tuesday evenings from
to beginning January
11 through April 12, 2005
at a hospital in the medical district.
to serve as part of a national standardized model, this Health Care Interpreter
Training program will help reduce cultural and linguistic barriers in
healthcare institutions in order to provide better access to quality healthcare
for individuals of Hispanic origin.
Developed in partnership with En Memphis
Hablamos Juntos at the RegionalMedicalCenter
in Memphis, this
course is part of a national program being offered in ten cities across the United States. The HablamosJuntos curriculum is designed to develop linguistically and
culturally competent interpreters who can function effectively and efficiently
in health care settings. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded both the development
and implementation of the curriculum.
Marian Levy, DrPH, RD, UT assistant professor and associate director for the
Health Promotion and Grants Management Department of the Children’s FoundationResearchCenter,
there is a critical need for this program. “Currently there are real barriers
to properly communicating with Spanish speaking individuals in the healthcare
system. There are already challenges in communicating complex health
information to patients in English. When you add to that, trying to interpret
the information in Spanish, combined with the cultural and linguistic
differences, it’s very difficult.Also,
often times, a child or other family member with a limited knowledge of medical
terminology serves as the translator, and this poses an ethical dilemma.” Dr.
Levy commented that Memphis
currently has approximately 70,000 to 150,000 Hispanics, and the need for improved
access to healthcare for this population will only increase.
instructor will be Espi Ralston, a native of Spain and director of Hispanic
community outreach for the Children’s FoundationResearchCenter.A previous interim project director for En
Memphis Hablamos Juntos, she has master’s degrees in
romance languages; teaching, curriculum and instruction; and philosophy and
letters, with an extensive teaching background. A leader in the Memphis Hispanic
community, Ralston is on the board of Latino Memphis, as well as Project
Coordinator of the Para Los Niños program addressing obesity in Hispanic children,
and Comenzandobien, an
initiative providing prenatal health education to Hispanics in the Mid-South.
for the 12-week program is $1,050 and may be payable by your employer. Upon
completion, course participants will receive a continuing education certificate
from the UT College of Allied Health Sciences. More information may be obtained
by contacting Ms. Ralston at (901) 763-2045 or Monica Patel at (901) 545-7263.
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