Interpreting for Cancer Genetics

Part 1: September 19, 1 PM-2 PM EDT

Presenter: Cindy Roat

Genetic biotechnologies are becoming a growing part of our medical arsenal these days. But while aspects of genetics are entering into more healthcare conversations, genetics and genetic counseling present tremendous challenges for healthcare interpreters. Highly technical vocabulary and complex medical concepts often make it difficult for many interpreters to understand, much less accurately convey what genetic counselors are saying.

This two-part webinar series on cancer genetics, designed for experienced interpreters, is an adaptation of a five-hour course developed by veteran interpreter trainer Cindy Roat and UCSF anthropologist Dr. Galen Joseph as part of a pioneering program at UCSF to help cancer genetic counselors communicate more effectively with their patients. The first webinars will focus on an introduction to genetics in general and cancer genetics in particular. The second webinar will engage the learners in exercises to master cancer genetics vocabulary. Bilingual glossaries in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Russian will be made available to registered participants for free download. This webinar (in 2 parts) is approved for 2 CCHI, 0.2 RID CE and 2 Washington DHS CE points. Cost: $35.

About the Presenter: Cindy Roat is international consultant on language access in healthcare and patient navigation. A native of upstate New York, she spent a decade working in rural areas of Latin America before moving to Seattle to earn her Masters degree in International Public Health from the University of Washington. Ms. Roat entered the interpreting world as a freelancer in 1992 and soon became certified by Washington State as a medical and social-service Spanish-English interpreter. Her interest in systems change led her into teaching interpreters, trainers and medical providers the basics of the interpreting trade. Ms. Roat now consults with healthcare administrators and corporations around the country on how to improve language access programs.

Ms. Roat has made significant contributions to the language access field both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2006, she authored Certification of Health Care Interpreters in the United States: A Primer, a Status Report and Considerations for National Certification, funded and published by the California Endowment. Her most recent book, Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites, provides an intimate look at interpreter life for persons about to enter the field and is being adopted as an ancillary text in many interpreter training programs.

Ms. Roat is a founding member of the Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), where she served for many years on the Board and currently chairs the Standards, Training and Certification Committee. She is known nationally as an engaging speaker, a knowledgeable resource, and an energetic and trusted advocate for language access.

Part 2, $35: October 10, 1 PM-2 PM EDT

Participants must attend both parts of the series in order to earn a certificate.

To purchase both parts of this workshop with a discount, at $60: