What is the Interpretation Team?
The Interpretation Team is a new resource of Avicenna’s that was implemented in Spring 2016. It is comprised of volunteers who speak or study various languages besides English. Volunteers are available to facilitate a conversation between a healthcare provider and a patient, who may have difficulty speaking English. This provides a clear and comprehensive discussion to ensure that both healthcare provider and patient are fully informed.
What services do we provide?
We can provide interpretation for the following languages: Spanish, French, Arabic, Punjabi, and Hindi. Please contact Avicenna before your visit to request a Volunteer Interpreter for your specific language.
Want to volunteer with us?
If you are fluent, proficient, or have studied (for several years) a language other than English please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alyssa Lee, Case Management Intern and Avicenna Interpretation Services Team Coordinator , Senior in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Alyssa started her internship with Avicenna in Fall 2016 with the Case Management Team. She is currently a Senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign completing her Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in both Spanish and Chemistry. Through her internship she has co-founded the Avicenna Interpretation Team in 2017 with Jennifer Terry which aims to eliminate the language barrier between healthcare professionals and patients. Volunteers who speak or study various languages besides English learn and practice how to facilitate these conversations. The Interpretation Team emphasizes the importance of having a clear and comprehensive conversation between a healthcare provider and patient, as it can be the matter between life and death. In the future, Alyssa hopes to lead a career in the medical field. As a future physician she aspires to lessen the language barrier to provide better medical services to a diverse and growing population.
Danish Majid, Operations Volunteer and Avicenna Interpretation Services Team Coordinator, Junior in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Danish is currently a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He aspires to become a future physician.