Currently, most of our interpreters are from indigenous communities throughout California. They are bilingual or trilingual and serve as cultural resources for the languages they speak.
In a very real sense, Indigenous Interpreting+ interpreters are pioneers, forging connections in many new areas. They provide an essential link to the recently-arrived indigenous populations now accessing local healthcare and social services. They are among the first to create and document health and community service glossaries between English and their languages. They serve as cultural liaisons in the community. And they are driving innovation in training and on-the-job practices to provide effective communication between indigenous community members and service providers.
These community leaders have partnered with Natividad Medical Foundation, philanthropists and a collective of professionals who are passionate about health equity and language access to create and launch Indigenous Interpreting+.