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California Chapter

Welcome to the California Chapter of the IMIA. The IMIA's goal is for all IMIA Chapters to flourish to meet all the needs of the members of each region. While the IMIA is international it believes in the 'Think Global, Act Local' motto. We will have periodic conference calls to allow members in this region to network and find ways to advance the profession together in the region. Please email your representative with ideas, issues, and topics that you think should be discussed. The IMIA believes that organizing an IMIA Symposium each year in each state should be a key goal of the Chapter. If you are willing to volunteer to assist, please let your representative know.

2018 IMIA Regional Conference

"Providers and Medical Interpreters: Working together to End HealthCare Disparities"



Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Saturday June 23rd, 2018


8:30-9:00 (Saban Auditorium) Registration and sign in

9:00-9:30 (Saban Auditorium) Amani Zaki: Welcome remarks

9:30-10:30 (Saban Auditorium) Keynote Speaker: Dr. Glenn Flores (CEU hour)

Break 10:30-11:00

11:00-12:00 (Stauffer A&B) Panel Discussion- Moderated by: Amani Zaki. (CEU hour)

12:00-1:00 LUNCH (Provided)

1:00-2:00 Workshop A (Stauffer A) (CEU hour)

2:00-2:10 break

2:10- 3:10 Workshop B (Stauffer B) (CEU hour)

3:10-3:20 break

3:20- 4:20 Workshop C (Dale Melbourne Herklotz) (CEU hour)

4:20-4:30 break

4:30-5:30 Workshop D (Northern Trust) (CEU hour)

To find or post medical interpreting conferences or events in California go to:
To find or post trainings and workshops in California go to:
To find IMIA members in California go to:
Corporate Members
To find IMIA Corporate members in California go to:
To be listed in the IMIA Interpreter Registry go to:


The IMIA is pleased to announce that Amani Zaki is the IMIA State Chapter Chair for California. Please feel free to contact her at


Amani Zaki, CA State Chapter ChairAmani Zaki
Amani Zaki, BA. CHI™, was born and raised in Egypt, currently living in Los Angeles, California. She attended the Alexandria University in Egypt where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature in 2008. She worked as a Senior Interpreter for four and half years, before starting a full time position as a Healthcare Language and Cultural Specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 2014. She earned her credentials through CCHI as a Certified Healthcare Interpreter; she is also an IMIA member since 2014.


Vacant - IMIA State Chapter Vice Chair for California.
Vacant - IMIA City Chapter Chair for San Francisco.

To Apply Please See Requirements for IMIA Representation:

Please Note:
Only one letter of recommendation is required for vice-chairs, not two.



Section 1259
(b) As used in this section:
   (1) "Interpreter" means a person fluent in English and in the necessary second language, who can accurately speak, read, and readily interpret the necessary second language, or a person who can accurately sign and read sign language.  Interpreters shall have the ability to translate the names of body parts and to describe competently symptoms and injuries in both languages.  Interpreters may include members of the medical or professional staff.

For more information go to:

California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA)

Northern California RID

Southern California RID

California Hospital Association

California Federation of Interpreters (CFI)

Language Access: United States Department of Justice Language Access informative presentation, please click on the link below to view.


San Francisco

Please visit the IMIA San Francisco page at:

Requirements for IMIA Representation

IMIA Requirements to Apply for Leadership

IMIA Disclosure Form March 2013


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Eva Molina-De Vilbiss
Carlos Garcia

Additional Documents

>Press Release - IMIA Appoints California Representative March 1, 2010

>CHIA 11th Annual Educational Conference Save The Date

>IMIA CA Chapter Chair Response to Workmens Compensation New Regulations 2012

>Regarding New Regulations that CA will seek to finalize before the end of the year

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