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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

th the push for a federally mandated medical interpreter certification standard and reimbursement of interpreter services. "The congressional meetings and rally on Capitol Hill is an opportunity for individuals and other stakeholders to lend their voices to this cause."

Attendance has grown every year since the first annual open forum was held in Boston, MA, in 2007. More than 100 industry stakeholders participated in last year's forum in Denver, CO, and organizers are planning for an even larger turnout in Washington, D.C.  

The forum creates a transparent, inclusive and diverse collaboration that crosses state lines and industry sectors. Participants include representatives of various state and national interpreter associations, interpreters and providers of interpreter services, advocates and policy makers, state officials, educators, trainers, hospitals and health care organizations, as well as international stakeholders.

"Recognizing that a piecemeal approach to medical interpreter certification was not in the public's best interest, we started this annual forum to bring together the ideas and needs of all industry stakeholders and create a vehicle to consolidate forces and elevate national certification from an issue only discussed within the industry to an initiative at the top of the national agenda," said Louis Provenzano, President and Chief Operating Officer of Language Line Services. "All stakeholders are welcomed and encouraged to participate in what has become an industry staple and one of the most important annual gatherings of the year for the medical interpreting profession."  

Key topics to be discussed at the fourth annual forum include a review of recent milestones towards a uniform medical interpreter certification standard in the
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