Interpreter Resources

Professional Associations

National Counsel on Interpreting in Health Care

This organization promotes culturally competent professional health care interpreting as a means to support equal access to health care services for individuals with limited English proficiency.

Society of Medical Interpreters

This organization promotes professionalism and excellence in interpretive services to enhance the provision of health and social services to individuals with limited English proficiency.

International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)

The IMIA is the oldest and largest medical interpreter association in the country. They represent medical interpreters as the experts in medical interpreting, but membership is also open to those interested in medical interpreting and language access. We currently have a division of providers, corporate members, and trainers.

Career Information

About Health Careers
Gives the basic information about the Healthcare Interpreter career.


Health Career Interpreter Network

Medical Interpreter

Trained Interpreters

Interpreters in Healthcare

Related Web Sites

Cross Cultural Health Care Program

This organization is responsible for designing one of the earliest training programs for interpreters in health care. They also wrote Bridging the Gap, a well-known text used in training health care interpreters.

Diversity Rx

This website provides national information and resources on medical interpreting.

This governmental website provides policy perspectives on meaningful access for people who are limited English proficient.

Certification of Healthcare Interpreters in the United States <pdf>

Dictionaries and Online Translation Machines

Dictionaries in almost every language:
best starting point for many languages as well as professional field dictionaries in business, science, legal, medical, and many more.

Machine translation in many languages:
is a machine translation site for many languages.

Haitian Creole/English

Websters Creole/English Dictionary

Medical Terminology dictionaries and translators, online:
is a medical terminology translation site for nine European languages
is a medical terminology site
provides explanations of various medical terms and diseases in English.
lists many medical dictionaries in English 4

English/English dictionaries and other word reference books:

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary Online

Merriam-Webster Dictionary online

Large online English dictionary