Massachusetts Chapter

Welcome to the Massachusetts Chapter of the IMIA. The IMIA's goal is for all IMIA Chapters to flourish to meet all the needs of the members of each region. While the IMIA is international it believes in the 'Think Global, Act Local' motto. We will have periodic conference calls to allow members in this region to network and find ways to advance the profession together in the region. Please email your representative with ideas, issues, and topics that you think should be discussed. The IMIA believes that organizing an IMIA Symposium each year in each state should be a key goal of the Chapter. If you are willing to volunteer to assist, please let your representative know.

The IMIA is a proud member of The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition -

The IMIA is also a proud member of the Disparities Action Network, a group of over 100 organizations committed to ending Healthcare Disparities in Massachusetts.

Randa Yazbeck is the IMIA Massachusetts Chapter Chair

Born and raised in Lebanon, the Middle East, and migrated to the U.S. in 1983. Hold a BABS/MIS degree from Northeastern University Boston, MA. Pursued graduate studies in Public Administration at Framingham Sate College. Hold teaching certificate from overseas and have completed many courses in cross-cultural training. Completed training as a certified court mediator in 2005 and have been a Notary Public since 2000. My interpreting carrier began in 1983 in Boston, MA as a community volunteer and later began working as an independent contractor, interpreting for private agencies, courts, hospitals and clinics. Member of the IMIA for over 7 years and former member of the ATA. Languages: Arabic (multiple dialects) and French.

Hoda Elshibiny is the IMIA Massachusetts Vice Chair

She has been working in healthcare services field for over 15 years now, seven years of which were in the area of hospital care and healthcare management. She joined The National Cancer Institute in Egypt, then the Children Cancer Hospital, one of the biggest cancer treatment centers in the Middle East, as an oncology pharmacist, cooperating with multidisciplinary teams to provide safe and quality services. She also worked in the research department in the Children's Cancer Hospital, working with a team of 14 members of different specialties to establish standards of care, treatment protocols, research protocols and comprehensive results analysis. Later on she worked as a quality improvement leader on health care projects with the focus mainly on improving patient outcomes of care and improving the overall hospital performance and productivity. She moved to the U.S. with family in 2013, and also was studying for her master's in international management at University of Liverpool. She started her career as a medical interpreter, serving patients to overcome language and culture obstacles, thus gaining an entirely different perspective in the patients' 'care. She joined the IMIA, as a member and an active volunteer, for the opportunity to work with the IMIA and be a health care leader and to contribute to the global healthcare reform in the coming ten years.
10/01/20182018 Regional Conference Event Cancelled
It is with deepest regret that we must announce the cancellation of the Massachusetts Regional Conference scheduled for October 13th., due to situations out of our control. We are issuing full refunds and will follow up with those already registered in the next days. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to greeting you at a future date.
Report: (April 2009) MA Hospitals' Viability Threatened by State Cuts
Given proper state support, Massachusetts hospitals can help stimulate the economy and sustain the state’s historic expansion of access to health care coverage, according to a ne w report from the Massachusetts Hospital Association. Without proper support, both the economy and health care coverage will suffer, the report concludes. The 10-page report details the importance of Massachusetts hospitals to their communities, and shows how the "multiplier effect" of hospital jobs benefits the state's workforce. Although the health care sector has always been a stabilizing force in the state's economic downturns, the damage being done to hospitals through budget cuts and under-funding is making it more difficult for Massachusetts to rebound economically, according to the report. "Right now, with the federal recovery package, we have the opportunity to resolve the issue now and for the future," said MHA President and CEO Lynn Nicholas.
Massachusetts Hospital Association
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PATRICK – MURRAY Administration Announces New Campaign To Encourage Use Of Medical Interpreters at Hospitals
English for New Bostonians
Commonwealth Conversations - Public Health
Massachusetts - Medical Interpreter Mends Language Barriers
3/31/09 MA Hospitals Cost Report
Best Practice Recommendations For Hospital-Based Interpreter Services
DPH Report - Mass Hospital Interpreter Services Nov 2008
National Board Meeting - MA Health Equity Office 11.18.09
Massachusetts Patient Education Campaign on Right to a Medical Interpreter 2010
25 April 2013 IMIA MA Members Meeting Agenda
DPH Right to an Interpreter Poster
Massachusetts IMIA Chapter Call 11.10.2010
Medical Interpreter Services Report 2011