History of Paving the Way to Health Care Access

Paving the Way to Health Care Access began in 2005 and the reason for offering this event was to offer advanced workshops for graduates of our medical interpreter training program.  Attending a one time 60-hour training program is not enough to keep interpreters aware of changes in medicine or changes to performing on the job as a qualified medical interpreter.  The conference continued for several years in person as a one-day event continuously growing out of our conference spaces due to the attendance at this yearly event.  Our event became the premier conference for medical interpreters on the east coast drawing increasing attention from across the country and it was then decided to add the additional day to make the trip worthwhile for all in attendance and to allow some medical interpreters to participate on either day in order to keep interpreter department staff coverage.  The Tony Winsor Award started after the passing of Attorney Tony Winsor that pioneered the passing of the 2000 Emergency Room bill.  We have honored an individual that reflects Tony’s spirit from Massachusetts each year since 2014.  Paving the Way has been an event that is supported by several local medical interpreter agencies as well as several corporate language service providers.