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Tips for Volunteer Medical Interpreters

Updated: Apr 5, 2022

The news has covered the stories of several different patients who have lost their lives because they didn't receive the care they needed promptly. You may wonder what held up the medical attention? Well, language barriers. Yes, in 2020, there are still language barriers keeping patients from life-saving help. This situation has forced hospitals across the nation to ask for help. A novice thought, yes, but it comes with many challenges. Far too many, well-meaning volunteers are not professionals. They want to help but are not trained on how to do so.

If you are not an interpreter, please share this information with others. If you work with interpreters regularly, review the information below to make sure they're providing the best service possible.

We're here to serve you! If you have any questions on how to address rising interpreting needs do not hesitate to contact us at 401-416-8696 or

Written by:

Shirley X. Moore



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