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Leaders and Advocates Convene in Washington, D.C. for Fourth Annual National Medical Interpreter Certification - Open Forum
Date:1/27/2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders and advocates for the medical interpreting profession will gather in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 1, 2010 for the fourth annual National Medical Interpreter Certification - Open Forum. The focus of this year's forum will be expansion and implementation of the national certification launched in October 2009 by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

"While medical interpreters across the country are thrilled with the achievement of a national certification, there is still more work to be done," said Orlin Marquez, President of the Medical Interpreter Network of Georgia (MING). "Now is the time to embrace the new national standard and educate our peers and the public of its value. Forum participants can take an active role in this process by joining various task forces, whose roles will be discussed at the forum."

To further spotlight the vital role played by medical interpreters in the delivery of care, this year's forum will be preceded on April 30, 2010 by a special lobby day and rally at the U.S. Capitol. Participants will visit with members of Congress to gain support for reimbursement of interpreter services and to end health care disparities.

"IMIA, Language Line Services and other organizations have been working collectively on national lobbying efforts to raise the visibility of the medical interpretation profession and the need for reimbursement of language access services," said Suzy Dumont, Vice President with Cardinal Point Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm assisting wi
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