Giving Back

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program launched its scholarship program in 2020. In December 2020, Dr. Patricia Dawson, a long-time CCHCP board member and one of the early visionaries who helped shape CCHCP, passed away. In honor of her leadership in the field of health care equity, we have named our scholarship program in her honor.

We provided two scholarships that year for our Bridging the Gap medical interpreting course, and we look forward to providing more scholarships in the years ahead to individuals who are interested in supporting their community through professional training as a medical interpreter. We plan to offer two scholarships in 2021 to cover the tuition cost for our spring and summer Bridging the Gap courses: one for our 64-hour online BTG course being held May 3-12; and the other for our 40-hour BTG course being held in August.

Program Sponsors

A big thanks to the  Hepatitis Education Project of Seattle for sponsoring one of our 2021 scholarships!  The Hepatitis Education Project is committed to improving health of underserved communities disproportionately impacted by viral hepatitis.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Jiyeon Lee

Jiyeon is a Registered Nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Jiyeon is proficient in Korean and English.  Through her work as an RN and volunteer at Cornerstone Medical Clinic, Jiyeon witnessed the negative outcomes for patients who face language barriers. She now hopes to help other Korean immigrants gain access to quality health care through interpreter services.

Jiyeon is an active volunteer at World Relief Seattle, where she assists refugees and immigrants with resettlement, employment, and English language training. Through the Bridging the Gap training, Jiyeon hopes to develop new skills around the interpreter’s role and the impact of culture so she can be an effective health care provider.

Salimatou Sy

Salimatou is a Senior Cultural Health Navigator at AFAHO (African Family Health Organization) with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is proficient in Mandingo, French, and English. At AFAHO, Salimatou supports the African and Caribbean community with navigating the health care system. She is also member of the Philadelphia International Women’s Project, a partnership that serves women who have experienced Female Genital Cutting.

Salimatou understands the barriers that immigrants in her community face when they are confronted with language barriers and when they lack health insurance. She hopes to use the Bridging the Gap training to provide representation for African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in health care.