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Rhode Island Chapter

Welcome to the Rhode Island 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.
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IMIA Rhode Island Chapter

In addition to the IMIA objectives, to serve the local Rhode Island medical interpreters regarding all professional needs. This Chapter also wants to provide orientation and training of new medical interpreters entering the field of interpretation in Rhode Island.

*  Promote the advancement of the medical interpreting profession in RI
*  To embrace all the medical interpreters in the state of RI
*  To serve as a regional IMIA contact entity
*  Provide updated information and news regarding the medical interpreting profession
*  To empower interpreters
*  To get feedback from medical interpreters 
*  Bring guest speakers and do related workshops in RI
*  To advocate for the LEP population in RI and confirm that all hospitals in the state are following the mandated state law (to have medical interpreters available to non-English speaking patient at all times)
*  Promote continuing education classes to improve and enhance the profession
*  Quality improvement programs for interpreters
*  Work with RI DHS around regulations and legislation
*  Work with state labor agencies to promote the employment of qualified competent interpreters in all fields (medical, legal, business, conference)
*  To act as an advertising/promotional entity that develops and promotes the profession as a bona fide profession.
*  To have a category for this profession in the local employment agencies, national agencies, and other hiring institution/agencies
*  Offer trainings on How to work with Interpreters to all RI's hospitals, Emergency Rooms, Health Centers, Nursing Homes and others
*  Sponsor trainings such as Network Omni's Caring with CLAS in RI
*  Do provider outreach in RI to engage other health care professionals with our work

Rhode Island Hospital Association 

New England Translators Association

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



State Chapter Chair and Vice Chair Positions Vacant

Chairperson Responsibilities:
- To represent the IMIA members in the division/committee
- To promote the profession and the IMIA organization to their division/committee members
- Act as a liaison between the IMIA committee/division members with the IMIA Board of Directors
- Moderate periodic conference calls with members of their division/committee (could be monthly, bimonthly or quarterly)
- To attend periodic IMIA Chairpersons meetings via conference call
- To moderate our yearly Division/Committee face-to-face meeting at IMIA conference or designate an adequate moderator
- To agree to a term of three years concurrent with Board elections
- Update the specific division/committee webpage on IMIA website with information relevant to the initiatives of that division/committee interests
- Other initiatives as deemed necessary for the specific needs of each committee/division
- Chairpersons receive mentoring, assistance, and support to accomplish their goals, by counting on a Chairperson Liaison and also by the Executive Director and the Administrator of the IMIA

Responsibilities of Vice-Chair:
- To assist the chair in all the tasks listed for chair as required, including chairing a meeting for the chapter should the chair not be able to attend.
- To assume the duties of the Chairperson when the chairperson is not present or available
- To apply for the chairperson position when the chairperson ends their term

Qualifications: Same as Chair

To Apply Please See Requirements for IMIA Representation:  


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

Former Rhode Island State Chapter Chairs
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Carolyn Campos

Isabel Mendes-Connor

Additional Documents

>Rhode Island Legislation Regarding Medical Interpreters

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