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Dear IMIA Member,
As my second term as president of the IMIA draws to a close on December 31, I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the IMIA Board of Directors for their stellar performance and dedication to the advancement of our profession.
I also want to thank you, a member of the IMIA. You are the backbone of this global organization. It is your enthusiasm and dedication to your profession that makes the IMIA the dynamic, vibrant organization that it is.
I am pleased to introduce to you Dr. David Cardona, MD, MPH, our current President-Elect, who will assume the position of President on January, 1, 2019.
Dr. Cardona is currently the President of Donostia D’Carmendi Consulting Group, LLC. He brings to IMIA more than twenty-five years of experience in cultural related issues and in language access services.
Dr. Cardona is the former language access coordinator for the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon. In this role, he convened multiple state agencies, government jurisdictions, community organizations and private sector to advance Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to improve access to services for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). His duties also included: developing technical assistance, data collection, evaluation of compliance of health systems on language access service to LEP, developed trainings, testing and certification policies and procedures. Dr. Cardona coordinated the development of a comprehensive language access service policy for the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Dr.  Cardona holds a medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Santa Ana, El Salvador, a Master of Public Health from Portland State University, and a Scientific Degree from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Cardona is a candidate for a Master of Science of Global Health from the prestigious Queen Margaret University of Edinburg, Scotland. In addition, he has executive education in managing health programs in developing countries from the School of Public Health at Harvard University. His educational background also includes coursework in training of trainers for health care interpreting professionals from the Monterey Institute of International Studies of California.
Dr. Cardona served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, was an instructor of anatomy and physiology for Portland Community College and taught medical Spanish to healthcare professionals at Oregon State University to ensure delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate care to Spanish speaking patients. 
Dr. Cardona is the co-founder and former vice-president of the Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association, and a former member of IMIA’s Advisory Board. He has received multiple recognitions and awards for his untiring work on language access services, and for his civil rights advocacy role on behalf of LEP populations of the nation.  
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Cardona as our new president.
It has been a wonderful experience and a privilege to serve as IMIA’s president, as well as to serve in my other leadership capacities since 2010. Your energy, enthusiasm, and dedication make the IMIA a very special organization. I thank you for this privilege, and I send my very best wishes to you for a happy Holiday.
Juana Horton


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