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Increasing Public Awareness - Public Service Announcement
The IMIA would like to encourage all interpreters and stakeholders who are language access advocates to please share this PSA in every presentation you do. To access the PSA, please go to or watch below:

IMIA Public Service Announcement for Spanish speaking Patients
Script by Izabel Arocha & Presentation by Tina Pena
Go to v=gFIQHsR-2yQ
or watch below


Using a Medical Interpreter
This video, made by internal medicine residents at Mayo Clinic-Rochester, is meant to be a demonstration of all of the common mistakes that can be made by medical personnel when dealing with a non-english speaking patient. What problems do you see in this encounter? View at: or watch below:



Qualified Interpreting for Quality Health Care: A Training Video for Clinical Staff on How to Work with Interpreters​

Medical Interpreting in the Hospital Setting
$71 million lawsuit over one misinterpreted Spanish word: Intoxicado. This 15-minute film from UCLA introduces how medical interpreting works in hospitals. 

Interview with IMIA on Medical Interpreteting Profession 2011 (aired on American Airlines)

Worlds Apart Video produced by Fanlight Productions
There are four videos dealing with health disparities - The Mohammad Kochi video is specific about negative health outcomes due to poor interpretation.

Medical Interpreter Training: A Clear Voice for Those in Need (Part 1)


Don't Ask a Child to Interpret: Here's Why

Current State of Medical Interpreting
A Few Days of Training, a Lifetime of Opportunity: Getting Started as a Professional Interpreter

Short Video on Bilingual Employees Interpreting...

How Not to Discuss Rates with Interpreters

A Day in the Life of a Cancelled Interpreter

Working Video Interpreters

Other words other meanings - A guide to health care interpreting in international settings
Available: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese

Communicating Through a Medical Interpreter

The Health Resources and Services Administration has released a 7 minute video:  "How Effective Healthcare Communication Contributes to Health Equity". This video offers a helpful introduction for all healthcare providers on how culture, language and health literacy support the elimination of disparities and promote health equity.

IMIA Patient Education Initiative
Educate patients about their rights by giving them the IMIA Please Call an Interpreter Cards.  Go to to purchase.

Translation Day

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