Language and Healthcare in Crisis
forum will be held to discuss the life and death issues surrounding
medical translation and interpreting.
of experts in language, medicine, legislation, and public
policy will address the cost in lives and injuries from the
nation's chronic shortage of interpreters and the use of unqualified
interpreters (including patients' children and other family
members forced into service as impromptu "interpreters")
and the legal struggle at the state and federal levels over
funding and support for language services in healthcare.
Executive Order 13166 mandating foreign language support for
patients will be reviewed, as well as state legislative initiatives
and efforts toward interpreter certification, standards, and
by the American Translators Association and the National Council
on Interpreting in Health Care. Coordinated by the ATA Public