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Maryland Chapter

Welcome to the Maryland 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.

Friday, June 21, 2019
10 Years of National Certification:
Lessons and Challenges
Hosted by
Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
18101 Prince Phillip Drive
Olney, Maryland 20832
Registration Fees: IMIA members $60.00
  Non-members $70.00

Registration closes on Tuesday, June 18th. midnight EST.
No on-site registration available.  Register Now!

(IMIA Cancellation Policy applies to this event)

Continuing Education Units:


CCHI CEAPs pending

We are pleased to announce the 2019 DMV Regional Conference Keynote Speaker!

Linda Joyce, MS, CMI

The IMIA Maryland Chapter cordially invites you to the DMV, Regional Conference in Olney, Maryland which was one of the stops on the Underground Railroad.  This sleepy town is conveniently located within an hour of Annapolis, the home of the Naval Academy, and the only U.S. legislative state capitol in continuous use; Baltimore, the home of the Orioles, the Ravens, the Baltimore Inner Harbor, the Edgar Allen Poe House; and Washington D.C., the nation’s capital which boasts over seventy-one museums, and a myriad of restaurants and entertainment centers.

Keynote Speaker Biography

Linda Joyce, M.S., CMI-Spanish, is a medical interpreter at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is a Language Access Specialist and also works as a remote and conference interpreter. Linda was part of the team who developed and launched national medical interpreter certification in 2009. She became the first Executive Director and then the Certification and Testing Director for the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters from 2011-2014.
Linda has served on the Board of Directors of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) and was the former Director of Language Interpretive Services at Grady Health System in Atlanta. Linda is a proud member of the IMIA and the Medical Interpreters Network of Georgia (MING), and has worked for more than 40 years as an interpreter, trainer and educator. She is an advocate for the continuing development of the medical interpreting profession and is passionate about issues related to equal access to healthcare. Linda has lived and worked in Spain, Brazil and Mexico and was a Gulbenkian scholar in Lisbon, Portugal.

Keynote Abstract:

Decade of National Medical Interpreter Certification – What We Achieved Together – and How We Move Forward

Celebrating 10 years of certification is a real milestone and represents the realization of a goal put forward in 1986 with the founding of the International Medical Interpreters Association. Learn how the pioneers worked together to build, uplift and professionalize the field of medical interpreting, culminating in certification in 2009, in order to ensure patient safety by evaluating and assuring the competency of medical interpreters. How was this accomplished for the first time ever using the highest standards and new technology on a national and international level? Where do we go from here? These are important issues that we will discuss together while laying out a vision for the future.

Additional experts include:

  • Darci L. Graves, MPP, MA from CMS Office of Minority Health - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Izabel Souza, M.Ed., CMI-Spanish, PhD, Co-founder of the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters
  • Carmelina Cadena, Founder of Maya Interpreters, Mayan Culture Expert
  • Sameh Abdelkader, Director of Education at Liberty Language Services, LLC and a licensed trainer for Bridging the Gap (BTG) and The Community Interpreter

Agenda Highlights:

  • Expert panel discussion on the state of the profession 
  • Training for new and seasoned medical interpreters
  • A celebration of the National Board Exam Anniversary, and the Year of Indigenous Languages
  • Networking Lunch
  • Reception

Other important information:

(Disclaimer: The following information is offered to you as a courtesy. We would like you to have the best experience possible, while you are visiting. We cannot be held liable for the accommodations or transportation you choose during your stay.)
Attendees: for your own convenience, the conference organizers will pre-register you at the front desk, so you can easily access the conference room. They may be asking for your identification.
Airports: Lodging:
For lodging please search in Rockville, Maryland. MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is minutes from the hospital, and one of the perks is public transportation, which will take you directly into Washington, DC.
Bed & Breakfasts:
(Uber one option, there are others)
Hospital Directions, Map & Parking:

Free parking for the event available on Lot 11

Please stay tuned for important updates.
For information, please email IMIAMaryland@imiaweb.org
We would like to thank Liberty Languages Services
helping with the organizing of this conference!

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Health Related Organizations in Maryland
http://www.imiaweb.org/uploads/docs/IMIA MD Page_Maryland Organizations.pdf

Language Access: United States Department of Justice Language Access informative presentation, please click on the link below to view.



The IMIA is pleased to announce that Kathy Howell is the IMIAState Chapter Chair for Maryland. To reach her, please email Maryland@imiaweb.org


Kathy Howell, CMI works and is trained as an interpreter and translator in the medical and legal fields. In addition, Kathy has experience in community interpreting, literary translation, and editing. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Government and Politics. Kathy became a Certified Medical Interpreter, in 2011, with the National Board, and has completed the Kaiser Course for Medical Interpreters. She received training in court interpreting through both the New Mexico Center for Language Access and the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Additionally, she has earned an NYU Professional Certificate in Translation, which included medical translation as part of that program’s coursework. Additionally, Kathy has a background in both the Medical and Legal fields. She received training and served as a military medic at the TAMC Pediatric Oncology and Surgical Floor, in Oahu, Hawaii. As part of her background, Kathy also worked as a Paralegal in Kentucky.  While she was a member of the Tennessee Association for Professional Interpreters and Translators, she served as a TAPIT Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors, TAPIT Education Chair, TAPIT Conference Steering Committee Member, TAPIT Healthcare Committee Chair, and Administrator. She is currently the IMIA Terminology Committee Vice-Chair.  She is also a member of the NCATA (National Capital Area Translators Association).  In 2014 she was recognized, and given an award for her contributions to the TAPIT organization, and in 2015 she was awarded the IMIA Interpreter of the Year Award. 

State Vice Chair Position Vacant
To Apply Please See Requirements for IMIA Representation:
Please Note:
Only one letter of recommendation is required for vice-chairs, not two.
Former Maryland State Chairs
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Roxana C. Del Barco, MA, CMI


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