Breaking Down Language Barriers in Health Care
Supported by a grant from the Horizon Foundation, HCC's new Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program teaches bilingual students how to effectively interpret in health care settings. The demand for interpreters is driven by increasing numbers of limited English proficient residents. In Howard County 18.2 percent of residents are foreign born and 22.5 percent speak a language other than English at home.
The Horizon Foundation, an independent philanthropy dedicated to improving health and wellness in Howard County, identified the need for health care interpreters after reaching out to local health care providers, non-English speaking community representatives and educators to talk about health care barriers. Issues with interpretation rose to the top.
This recent story from Howard Magazine profiles this unique program at Howard Community College.
Learn more about the development of this program by reading an earlier story from our website, here.
Find information on how to apply to the Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program here. If you are interested in our other health care offerings, visit our credit health care division.