Paving the Way Conference

Tony Winsor Award Recipient for 2017:  Estela McDonoughEstela McDonough

While we were impressed with the nominations as a whole, Estela’s nomination particularly stood out for us. Estela’s profound love and passion for medical interpreter education – and for training clinicians and support staff to partner with interpreters in patient care - have made her an inspiration to those who have had the honor to learn from her and to work by her side. Estela McDonough, a pioneer in the medical interpreter field, exemplifies the very best a medical interpreter can be. Her 25 years of service as an interpreter are a testament to her dedication. We are delighted that she will be honored.

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Medical interpreters benefit from discussing the challenges of their daily work, as well as the range of linguistic and cultural issues affecting the field. Paving the Way to Health Care Access, a full-day educational conference, sponsored by UMass Medical School's MassAHEC Network, provides this opportunity.

This continuing education event is open to those who have previously attended our medical interpreter training programs and those who work with medical interpreters:

  • Medical interpreters
  • Interpreter managers and coordinators
  • Members of the health care team working with interpreters

Participants choose from different workshops, each of which provides opportunities to explore specific topics and improve knowledge and skills.

Paving the Way to Health Care 2017 - Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017

Keynote Speaker - Mara Youdelman

Paving the Way to Health Care 2017 - Workshop Presentations

Chinese Consecutive Interpretation, Grey Areas: Decision Making in the Field, HIV 101 for Interpreters, How to Collaborate with Mental Health Providers, Interpreting for Gender and Sexual Minorities, MassHealth Program Overview, Breath In, Breath Out: Mindfulness Fundamentals, Neuropsychology Testing, Rounding the Bends of Your Boundries, Sight Translation, The Essential Role of an Interpreter, The Language of Silence, US Dental Literacy, Where is the Line and How Do I Draw It?, The Professional Interpreter in a Bilingual Dental Setting


Paving the Way to Health Care 2016 - Workshop Presentations

Can you Speak Dental!, Embark on a Journey to Become an Exceptional Interpreter with Native Proficiency, Everyone Plays a Role in the Education of Clinical Trials, Clinical Trail handout, How to Interpret about Sexual Topics, Here is another "ism" - Understanding & Dealing with Regionalisms, "Ism" handouts,  Medical Interpretation in Psychotherapy, Organ Donation: Honoring Generosity & Saving Lives, Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors in Immigrant Communties, The Business of Language Interpretation & Translation, Video Interpretation Best Practices, You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention, Zika Virus      

Archive of Speakers

Since 2005, this annual conference has featured specific topics related to health disparities, language access, and the quality of care delivered to a diverse population.


Quote from Participant

"Excellent presentations. I learned that we have a lot to do to focus just on the patient!"

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