Language World Services Welcomes Statewide Education Conference for Interpreters

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Language World Services welcomes statewide education conference for interpreters and forges new partnerships to serve Limited and Non-English Proficient Patients.

Language World Services is pleased to welcome delegates from across the country to Sacramento, California for the 14th Annual Education Conference sponsored by the California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA). In celebration of the event being held in their hometown, the Language World Services Team will host a special Friday evening dinner party embarking from Old Sacramento aboard the river boat Delta King as she cruises the Sacramento River.

The theme for this year’s CHIA Conference is The Changing Landscape of Healthcare Interpreting, an appropriate one as California’s healthcare exchange—Covered California—now leads the nation with over 1 million enrollees accounting for 20% of the national Affordable Care Act’s total enrollment. In the Sacramento Region alone, enrollments have exceeded projections by 160% and Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo Counties represent approximately 5 percent of total statewide figures. March statistics from Covered California’s website reveal that over 130,000 Limited or Non-English Proficient enrollees have already selected health plans through the exchange.

In response to the challenge of delivering quality spoken language healthcare interpreting, Language World Services has secured video technology capabilities and forged testing partnerships with both national healthcare interpreter certification bodies.

Language World Services was recently certified by both the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters as an approved testing site. More than a dozen tests have already been administered with examinees coming from as far as Idaho and Southern California.

Language World Services is also proud to announce its April 1st, partnership with Paras and Associates licensor of the Health Care Interpreter Network (HCIN). This nationwide network of hospital-based interpreters has a reputation for being both responsive and responsible in its delivery of quality spoken language video interpreting services.

For HCIN, Language World Services’ Interpreters will provide video interpreting services when hospital-based interpreters are unavailable. This added support tier will ensure that member organizations receive consistently high-quality services, especially for high volume East Coast clients during their peak hours. For Language World Services, the opportunity to leverage its veteran workforce of on-site interpreters to service markets beyond Northern California ensures continued quality employment opportunities for its staff, while delivering a highly-skilled professional interpreter pool to Limited English clients from across the United States.

Language World Services is Northern California’s premier language service provider offering comprehensive interpreting and translation solutions for healthcare, government and the private sector. As the region’s largest provider of on-site spoken language interpreting and one of few organizations in California to offer employee status to its entire interpreter workforce, Language World has confirmed its status as an innovator and established industry leader.

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