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Strategically Reaching Limited English-Proficient (LEP) Communities: Perspectives of Medical Interpreters for Emergency Preparedness (Podcast)


Approximately 44 minutes

Course Description:

The podcast"Strategically Reaching LEP Communities: Perspectives of Medical Interpreters for Emergency Preparedness" features a presentation delivered by Dr. Sharyne Shiu Thornton. The presentation covers a study performed by Dr. Thornton on the disaster-related training experiences and training needs of medical interpreters. It also includes suggestions on how to incorporate medical interpreters and their language communities in disaster preparedness.

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This podcast fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the role, training background, and interpreting experiences of medical interpreters specific to emergency/disaster preparedness.
  2. Identify approaches for integrating medical interpreters into preparedness planning and response.
  3. Identify strategies proposed by interpreters to best reach LEP populations in preparedness planning and education.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel


Sharyne Shiu Thornton, PhD
Dr. Thornton is a medical anthropologist and ethnic minority mental health specialist. Before becoming the Executive Director for the International District Housing Alliance in Seattle, Washington, she was a Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, for 12 years. She has over 25 years of experience as a diversity/cultural competency trainer with a specialized focus on providing services, developing, managing and evaluating programs for Asian/Pacific American immigrant/refugee populations.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.