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Webinar: Patient Navigation for Medical Interpreters

  • 05/23/2013
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Webinar
IMIA Lifelong Learning Webinar Series Presents:
Patient Navigation for Medical Interpreters
Thursday, May 23, 2013
(9:00am Pacific / 11:00am Central / 12:00pm EST - Duration: 1.5 hours)

Research shows significant overlapping between the roles of the medical interpreter and those of clinical community health workers, or patient navigators. However, there is little cross-training. This presentation features a new training program addressing this need.

Patient Navigation is an emerging profession in the US. The effectiveness of patient navigation is well known in the context of cancer care. Recent research in primary and specialty care indicates that Medical Interpreters are uniquely positioned to address linguistic, cultural and literacy barriers, to which LEP patients are particularly vulnerable. Patient Navigators routinely serve as interpreters, while Medical Interpreters are constantly asked to perform navigation functions. However, there is very little cross-training. Patient Navigation interventions significantly improve patient-provider communication, screening rates, utilization of primary care services, care coordination, patient safety, treatment adherence and follow-up rates.

Health systems utilizing trained patient navigators have seen substantial savings in resources resulting from a decrease in missed appointments, over utilization of emergency departments and timely payment of medical bills. 

1) Introduce new advanced curriculum
2) Discuss the potential role of trained medical interpreters as patient navigators
3) Discuss the potential costs and benefits of implementing dual-role programs

Juan F. Gutierrez Sanin, MA, MPH

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How To Join This Webinar
IMIA Members: Free
Non Members: $50

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