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Health Care Interpreter Resources, Events, Policy, and Laws


Preferred Language Cards

Preferred Language Card Templates create business-size cards in Oregon's most frequently used languages that people with limited English proficiency (LEP) can carry in their wallets and show to their health care providers. Preferred Language Cards Printing Instructions and How to use the Preferred Language Cards (Internal Partners); Preferred Language Cards (External Partners).

The following links are provided for informational purposes only. The State of Oregon does not endorse them or make any claims as to their accuracy.

National Organizations

HCI Standards and Code of Ethics

Other Health Care Interpretation Resources and Organizations

Health Equity Definition

Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full health potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances.

Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address:

The equitable distribution or redistributing of resources and power; and

Recognizing, reconciling and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.

Creating an Accessible Presentation


Federal Civil Rights Law

Oregon's health care interpreter law is based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI says that no one may be left out of any program or activity that gets federal funding because of their national origin.

Visit the Office for Civil Rights for more information on how to be sure that access is provided to people who can not speak English well.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 413.550

Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) 413.550 requires the State of Oregon to establish a program to certify health care interpreters who serve persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) in medical settings. The intent is to assure that persons with LEP get health care services that are based on accurate and complete information. Within the context of this law, health care is defined as "medical, surgical or hospital care recognized by state law, including mental health care."  

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-002

Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 333-002 is the set of administrative rules establishing the standards for the implementation of Oregon Revised Statues 413.550. 

Department of Justice

Analysis on Limited English Proficiency Translation and Interpretation Requirements 

Do you have a Civil Rights Complaint or concern regarding HCI services?

Coordinated Care Organizations and Health Care Interpreters

SB 1580 is the legislation which establishes Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations. Administrative rules for Oregon Revised Statues 410-141-3590 establish the standards for CCOs related to cultural and linguistically accessible care and the use of qualified or certified health care interpreters.

Find out more about Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon.

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