Clear the Linguistic Gap

For those who speak English fluently,the idea of language as a barrier to safe, effective health care might seem somewhat intangible and secondary to many other access-to-care issues. Then again, any English speaker who has ever had the experience of needing medical services in a non-English speaking nation will likely appreciate how crucial it can be to communicate effectively with those providing care.

For many, language challenges in health care are indeed front and center. or many, language challenges in health care are indeed front and center. While about 20 percent of the U.S. population claims a native language other than English, a reported subset of this population—around 25 million people, or nearly 9 percent of the population—can be classified as being limited English proficient (LEP). For these patients, communication barriers can pose potential risks to the safety and quality of the health care they receive.

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Acting as a cultural broker: how medical interpreters navigate the patient-provider relationship | Twin Cities Daily Planet

The heart of Sergio Choy’s job as a medical interpreter is to capture the spirit of the message between patient and medical provider. “You hear things like, ‘I’m feeling a little blue today,’ in English, but not in other languages. You can’t feel a color in Spanish,” said Choy, who translates between English and Spanish, […]
— Read on www.tcdailyplanet.net/medical-interpeters/

2018 TAPIT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Come attend the 2018 conference “Professional Empowerment in an Ever-Changing World“. This annual conference will be held in Nashville, September 14-15. View our conference agenda for more detailed information.

If you are interested in contributing to this event, the exhibitors and sponsors information is now available. Partnerships include opportunities to exhibit, speak to our members, and distribute promotional materials.

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The 12th Annual TAHIT Educational Symposium

“Eliminating Barriers to Equal Access: Tools for All Healthcare Professionals”

DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Airport
San Antonio, TX
September 21-22, 2018

TAHIT celebrates its 12th Anniversary Symposium in San Antonio in 2018!   Whether it is visiting the River Walk, spending a relaxing evening by the host hotel pool, or exploring the scenery of the Texas Hill Country with your favorite language professionals, San Antonio is a prime destination and host to the TAHIT Educational Symposium.

Texans and language professionals from across the country and abroad have come to rely on TAHIT to create an annual event that does not disappoint!  It is the premiere event for CEUs, networking, learning, great food, and great friends.  We do all this, while keeping our symposium the most affordable and highest quality in the nation, in our humble Texas opinion! This year we raise the bar once again.

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