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Connecting To Care: Patient Guide Training


2020 Upcoming Classes in Seattle, WA 




September 21-30, 2020
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific Time


Application Deadline: August 24

Payment Deadline: August 31



 Interpreters from around the country are invited to come to Seattle to participate in this 24-hour training. These trainings are scheduled regularly throughout the year.

The Training

This program provides 24 hours of in-person intensive training to support patient guidance outside of the interpreted event. The training expands the interpreter’s knowledge base to include patient education, patient navigation and cultural competency. The training provides the opportunity to earn 2.4 IMIA CEUs. Connecting to Care is a skills-based training that provides important professional skills that will enhance the interpreter’s daily work with patients and the treatment team.

Eligibility Requirements for Connecting to Care Patient Guide Training

  • Applicants must have completed CCHCPs Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter training or CCHCP approved 40 hour training.

  • Applicants must be able to attend all three days of training. Upon successful completion participants receive a Patient Guide Certificate. 

  • Applicants should have at least 1 year of experience working as a medical interpreter or as a community health worker, patient navigator, para professional in health care, or patient advocate.

Participants must attend all 24 hours of training.

Application Requirements 

  • A letter of intent and interest. Examples of topics to address in the letter include the following:

    • your expectations from the training

    • what you hope to learn professionally and personally

    • how you plan to use your patient guide training in your position or career

  • A CV highlighting your medical interpreter training and experience, including BTG training dates, location, and institution name

  • A copy of your certificate of completion from Bridging the Gap and/or similar approved program

  • A completed registration form (attached below)


Core Curriculum

  • Professional Skills and Ethics. Guidelines for establishing your expanded role in the treatment team

  • Working with Vulnerable Populations. Understanding the unique needs, realities and barriers to care of diverse patient populations

  • Cultural Competency. Skills to build a deeper understanding of the impact of culture in health care and effective cross-cultural communication skills to serve as a culture broker in more advanced ways

  • Communication Skills. Skills to facilitate patient and provider communications before, during and after appointments to ensure open communication

  • System Education and Coaching. Skills and information to teach patients about the health care system and promote patient independence

  • The U.S. Health Care System Today. An overview of the Affordable Care Act, important accrediting bodies and standards in health care delivery

Continuing Education Units

Connecting to Care has been approved to provide CEUs for certified interpreters. The training has been endorsed to provide:


  • 2.4 IMIA Interpreter CEUs

Please write to for details on the costs, licensing, and eligibility requirements of our Training of Trainers courses for Connecting to Care.


  • On-Site Trainings. Connecting to Care is always looking for partners in the field. We will work with you to bring the training to your health care facility or community.

What Participants Say

  • “After the training, you’ll have a clear idea of the role of a patient guide and what you can accomplish”

  • “As a medical interpreter, our role was just limited to interpretation before the training. However, after the patient guide training, our role has expanded and we have more freedom to educate and inform our patients about the health care system, the importance of primary and preventative care, etc”

  • “I feel very useful and confident that I am actually able to guide and make some patients confident as they navigate our medical systems.”

  • “Please keep on doing this; it is very educational and the knowledge I have acquired I will cherish for a long time!!”

  • “Great teaching, well organized and comprehensive.”

  • “Very good content-well thought out!”

What Program Managers say

  • “The training offered many teachable moments. Through role-plays and other activities, participants learned to encourage patients to ask questions.”

  • “The training gave the interpreters the skills, as well as examples of how and what to say when informing patients about the health care system. The staff now teach patients to engage with providers and teach that this is an expectation: that patients should play an active, and not a passive role in their care.”

  • ” The training helped to standardize the day-to-day work of the interpreting staff. It has clarified what is expected of them, everything from positioning to how to reach out to patients, before and after the appointment. There are more discussions in the staff room about the professional standards of behavior.”

  • “We are really grateful. The training has created cohesion for the team and increased the level of professionalism. It has made the interpreting staff feel valuable, as they support patients and contribute to the hospital as a whole”

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