Promoting Meaningful Access Through Education

Language Access Resource Guide

Definition:  Language Access materials include those related to interpreter training and resources, as well as medical and health care materials in other languages.



American Translators Association


National Council on Interpreting in Health Care

International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)

Speaking Together– National Language Services Network is dedicated to improving language services to reduce health care disparities.

Government Agencies and Regulations

Centers for Disease Control – Includes the nine most prevalent languages in the USA (Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French, Italian, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, and German) plus thirteen others

Multicultural Health Communication Services – Includes health information sheets in 60 languages.

National Library of Medicine – Health Resources in Multiple Languages

Summary of State Law Requirements Addressing Language Needs in Health Care provided by the National Health Law Program.

The National Health Law Program A Federal Interagency Website

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office for Civil Rights


Language Access Resources Library  Provided by the National Health Law Program, includes legislative activity, related publications, and best practices.

ATA Chronicles (American Translator’s Association)

Providing Language Interpretation Services in Health Care Settings: Examples from the Field
The Access Project

Other Related Resources

Interpreter Standards of Practice

International Medical Interpreter Association (IMIA)
California Health Care Interpreting Association (CHIA)

Standards for Provision of Interpreter Services

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care

Pacific Northwest Resources

Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society – Seattle WA

Office of Multicultural Health in Oregon – Oregon Law and Interpreter Ethics, Assessment, etc, including information about the Oregon Interpreter Services Law

Vancouver Canada – For blind, deaf and hard of hearing:

Medical Interpreting Services at:
Vancouver TTY 604-736-7099
TTY Toll Free 1-877-736-7099
Vancouver Voice 604-736-7012
Voice Toll Free 1-877-736-7012

California Resources

Language and Cultural Access Program – Oakland, CA – Asian Health Services.

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching 

Language, Communication Barriers, Emigrants and Immigrants, Ethnic Groups, Cultural Diversity, Multiculturalism, Multilingualism, Bilingualism