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Training African Refugee Interpreters for Health Related Research
Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare
  • Terri Soelberg, Boise State University
  • Michal Temkin-Martínez, Boise State University
  • Mikal Smith
  • Pamela Springer, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2016
Abstract
This paper describes an approach to training African refugee interpreters for their role in health-related research. A study was proposed to evaluate the self-reported health of African Refugees in Boise, Idaho. Collaboration with a community advisory board revealed that targeted communities had members who spoke at least one of five main languages, many of whom had limited access to formal education. Interpreters were recruited from the refugee communities, and had either worked for and/or received training through one of two local hospitals. Few of the interpreters had experience serving in that role in the context of a research study. A training program was developed in a workshop format which best suited the unique attributes of these communities. Educational content covered a simplified version of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative training information and workshop sessions to translate study consents, medical release, and research questions.
Citation Information
Terri Soelberg, Michal Temkin-Martínez, Mikal Smith and Pamela Springer. "Training African Refugee Interpreters for Health Related Research" Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michal_martinez/44/