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  • 03/01/2021 11:31 PM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    The membership voting period on whether to legally dissolve the Interpreting Stakeholder Group (ISG) closed at the conclusion of the 2/25/21 special membership meeting. A quorum of members voted. There were nine votes in favor of dissolving ISG and three votes in opposition.  

    ISG ceased acceptance of new or renewed membership fees through its website and through PayPal on March 1, 2021.

    We will post an update on this website as the process of legally dissolving ISG nears completion. 


    Your ISG Board Members

  • 11/10/2020 2:16 AM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    The Interpreting Stakeholder Group (ISG) is eager for new candidates and new ideas for promoting access to qualified spoken language interpreting in MN. Please consider becoming a candidate in the upcoming election for the ISG Board of Directors. 

    ISG members may nominate themselves or other ISG members by completing the attached Candidate Information form. A person currently not an ISG member who is interested in being a candidate must establish paid membership by December 3rd at isgmidwest.org/join-us.

    Email your completed Candidate Information form (see attached) by December 3, 2020 to Rich Pierson at isgmidwest.secretary@gmail.com. Only through your volunteer efforts will we be able to continue building a strong, active, and successful ISG. 

    The following positions are open for nomination:

    ●  Chair ●  Vice-Chair ●  Secretary ●  Treasurer

    ●  Advocacy Committee Chair ●  Communication Committee Chair  

    ●  Membership Committee Chair ● Training Committee Chair 

    ●  Member-at-large

     The full slate of candidates and instructions for voting will be emailed to ISG members and posted on the ISG website on December 5, 2020. Voting in the annual election for the 2021 ISG Board of Directors is exclusively online this year.  NOTE: You must log into your member account on the ISG website to vote. Please create your account at https://www.isgmidwest.org/Login if you have not already done so.  

    If you have any questions, please contact Cathleen Urbain at isgmidwest.infor@gmail.com.

    Best wishes,

    ISG Board of Directors.

    2021 candidate information form.docx

  • 09/16/2020 12:29 AM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    Karen Organization of Minnesota's (KOM’s) Translating & Interpreting (TRIN) program completed its latest Level 2 class. The program, which consists of three levels, is designed to teach prospective interpreters about protocols and ethics of interpreting. It is conducted in partnership with  Century CollegeWeaving CulturesRoseville Adult Learning Center, and ARCH Language Network.

    The program is language neutral. In this class there were seven Karen speakers, one Spanish speaker, one Vietnamese speaker, and one participant who speaks Kinyarwanda, French, and Swahili.

    Please click here for the complete article.

    Click here for the detail of Translating and Interpreting program.

  • 08/03/2020 9:32 PM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    The Minneapolis City Council has approved a freelance worker protections ordinance to help prevent the exploitation of freelance workers, including many self-employed entrepreneurs who work as independent contractors. The new ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2021.

    Please click here for the detail.

  • 06/24/2020 1:12 AM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) announced the launch of Hub-CMI (similar to the Core-CHI) credential for interpreters of all languages.

    Please read the following announcement for the detail.


  • 05/26/2020 6:40 PM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    The pandemic has heightened the need for interpreters as hospitals cope with a disproportionate number of COVID-19 patients who speak languages other than English.

    As of mid-May, 22% of the Minnesota Department of Health’s interviews with people who had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases required an interpreter — more than five times the proportion of the state’s population that lacks fluency in English....

    To read the whole article, click


  • 05/21/2020 10:22 AM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    The CCHI Commissioners announce two new initiatives to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our certificants and candidates.

    To read the complete announcement, click


  • 04/24/2020 9:25 PM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    MN DEED announced that independent contractors are now being issued Unemployment Insurance.

    For more information on the program and instructions for how to apply, click here.

  • 04/06/2020 4:08 PM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    As the COVID-19 pandemic upends life across Minnesota, government agencies, community outreach groups and religious leaders are scrambling to distribute information to more than 100,000 state residents who speak little or no English.

    They’re also trying to address the reticence of some immigrants to seek medical assistance out of fear that it could jeopardize their pathway to citizenship.

    “If we have a part of our population that’s afraid to seek care and not getting access and could end up being more vulnerable and more impacted by COVID-19, that affects everyone’s health,” said Danushka Wanduragala, international health coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. “So we need to make sure that no one is being marginalized, no one is being denied care whatever their immigration status is, or their language capability.”

    To read the complete article:


  • 03/24/2020 1:13 AM | Soon Kang (Administrator)

    CCHI Commissioners and one of our advisors discussed today (in a webinar format) the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for healthcare interpreters individually and for the profession as a whole.

    The panelists were Wilma Alvarado-Little, M.A., M.S.W. (NY), Margarita Bekker, CoreCHI™ (CA), Mateo Rutherford, M.A., CHI™-Spanish (CA), Idolly Oliva, M.B.A. (MN), and CCHI’s executive director Natalya Mytareva, M.A., CoreCHI™ (OH), moderated the conversation. They discussed the issues of infection control and ethical dilemmas during the pandemic, challenges of switching to the remote modality from the interpreter’s and manager’s perspectives, implications of canceled CE events, interpreter self-care, and CCHI’s testing procedures.

    If you missed the live webinar, you may watch the recording at  https://youtu.be/aCg6up32gjU.

    If you need a CE certificate, then watch the recording (free of charge) from our online training module at https://cchiinterpreters.org. It is accredited by CEAP/CCHI for 1.5 CE hours. To enroll in this course, click on the course name and create an account (if you already have one on this site, just login). Then, click on the course name again and enter the code 2020COVID-19.

    Also, please visit our COVID-19 Resources page at  https://cchicertification.org/covid-19/.

    Thank you for your work, understanding and support.

    CCHI Team

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