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Monday, April 16, 2007

Medical interpreters group changes name, expands mission

The Boston-based Massachusetts Medical Interpreters Association has changed its name to the International Medical Interpreters Association, reflecting an expanded mission to decrease healthcare disparities worldwide by improving communication between healthcare providers and patients, the group said.

The 1,500-member nonprofit group said it seeks to grow through a network of international interpreter associations and chapters in other countries.

"We will now be able to join forces with other associations around the world, to help develop an international code of ethics, standards of practice and quality controls for medical interpreters, and to facilitate the cross-continental exchange of knowledge in the language services industry," Izabel S. Arocha, the group's president, said in a statement.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 04:34 PM
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