TLC Training Specialist Richard Ponce de Leon, TLC Interpreter and MITC Instructor Nadia Crank, and TLC Interpreter Dennis Caffey recently participated in an educational panel for 20 candidates for a doctorate in nursing from Belmont University. They were joined by Dr. Elizabeth Morse, professor of nursing; Erick Hernandez Campos, nurse practitioner and student of the Doctorate in Nursing at Belmont; and Lauren Smith, family nurse practitioner at Siloam. The panel, which was sponsored and held at Siloam Health in Nashville, focused on language access, the use of interpreters, and culture-informed healthcare. Siloam Health provides health care for the uninsured, underserved, and culturally marginalized in Middle Tennessee.
Erika Burnett, Diversity, Inclusion, and Intercultural Communication Instructor, represented the Tennessee Language Center at the Metro Nashville Office of Family Safety remote and in-person panel about meaningful language access for trauma survivors. The panel addressed staff and partners of Nashville’s Family Safety Center as well as Tennessee’s statewide family justice centers and their partners (victim advocates, legal aid, prosecutors, medical and mental health professionals, law enforcement, crisis response staff, etc.) Topics addressed included how to prepare a trauma survivor to work with interpreters as well as how to prepare interpreters to work with trauma survivors, what language access plans are and how to begin developing one, and cultural sensitivity.
TN Language Center
The Tennessee Language Center (formerly TFLI), an agency of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service established in 1986, is dedicated to responsive service of the public sector, the business community and private citizens in realizing their intercultural communication goals.