NCIHC Features a Founders Panel Discussion at its first Language Access Congress!

WASHINGTON - Aug. 2, 2023 - PRLog -- The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care is celebrating its 25th anniversary by "Going Back to the Future" during the First Language Access Congress to be held virtually on September 28-29, 2023.

The 25th anniversary will be joined by some of our founders who will share the journey of establishing NCIHC as a nonprofit organization, providing a retrospective on the contribution to language access, and discussing the advancements we expect to see in the future.

We are privileged to announce Ignatius Bau, J.D., a long-time language access champion and the Honoree of the NCIHC Language Access Champion Award 2010, to be the facilitator of the panel.

During his work at The California Endowment, Ignatius supported multiple organizations, including the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care.

He is a trailblazer and advocate who volunteered for the California Healthcare Interpreters Association (CHIA) and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

Ignatius took part in promoting language access within health systems and supporting medical interpreters. He is one of the leading experts in the field of healthcare policy. Advancing equity in the US healthcare system has been his priority.

NCIHC will feature detailed information about our distinguished panelists, among which are the NCIHC founders, on our website as well as our social media platforms:

● Shiva Bidar, MA, CDM

● Cynthia E. Roat, MPH, National Consultant on Language Access in Health Care

● Eduardo Berinstein, English-Spanish Translator, Interpreter, T&I Trainer, Certified by the American Translators Association and Federally Certified Court Interpreter

● Maria-Paz Beltran Avery, PhD

● Cornelia E. Brown, PhD (Comparative Literature), Formerly Founding Director of MAMI Interpreters, Research Associate, Utica University

● Dr. Julia Puebla Fortier, Arts & Health South West (UK)

● Thu-Van Nguyen, BA, Certified Healthcare Interpreter

Vice President of the NCIHC, Carla Fogaren, stated, "There is no one in healthcare policy or equity who has not heard of Ignatius Bau. He has been a strong advocate for language access, and we appreciate the close relationship NCIHC has had with him over these 25 years. He and our founders are our diamonds, and we want to watch them shine bright."

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebration, we have recorded numerous live interviews with the founders. These historical videos capture the beginning of the NCIHC foundation. They will be available on our YouTube Channel.

Please follow us on social media and visit our website to learn more about the First Language Access Congress. It is open to both members and non-members.

For additional information about the event, please write to or visit the Congress website at

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