We are the Volunteer Health Interpreters Organization, a UC Berkeley organization that was established in 2006. We provide free health interpretation and translation services for low-English proficiency populations in the Bay Area.
Our services include interpreting for medical appointments at clinics, interpreting at health fairs or screening events, translating healthcare-related documents, and providing health educational workshops (Community Health Awareness Program). We are also piloting remote video interpretation for farther sites, and accept requests from both organizations and individuals.
Which of our services are you interested in?
About our Volunteers:
We recruit new Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tagalog students as interpreters every fall. Throughout the fall, these bilingual students are trained in health interpretation protocols, confidentiality laws, and the correct medical terminology through an intensive 40-hour course (based on the Language Cultural Access Program curriculum from the Oakland Asian Health Services).
In the interest of confidentiality and for legal purposes, we prefer to have the health care provider request our services. For individuals who request our services, we will ask that the patient signs a patient consent form.
Please try to provide us with two weeks notice prior to the event you are requesting services for.
As a non-profit volunteer organization, we will refuse payment. Our transportation is reimbursed by grants we have received from local health organizations and UC Berkeley itself.