T.A.M.I.T – Tennessee Association of Medical Interpreters & Translators
Since 2007 TAMIT is the only association in the state of Tennessee exclusively dedicated to supporting the profession of medical interpreters and translators.
As of October 2012 our membership consists of 36 active members. Active membership costs $50 / year. TAMIT also has student and corporate memberships.
TAMIT is actively involved in spreading awareness on Title VI of the Civil Right Acts which prohibits discrimination to federally funded programs due to race, color and national origin. Patients with language barriers (LEP patients) are a protected category under this law. We strive to achieve this by attending community health fairs, individually educating LEP patients and families, and using the Spanish – language media to spread the message.
TAMIT partners with the Tennessee Association of Professional Interpreters and Translators (TAPIT) as well as the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) whose goals are in the same interest as TAMIT’s.
TAMIT periodically organizes workshops and educational events that help professional interpreters and translators achieve their continuous education requirements. We host 2 general membership meetings every year as well as 4 meetings of the Board of Directors.
TAMIT members work as medical interpreters, translators, and language services program coordinators for institutions such as Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, The Med, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Church Health Center, Christ Community Clinics, The Health Department, and a host of physician practices and specialty clinics.
A professional interpreter is someone that has received special training in order to work in healthcare. There are currently two high – level credentials for a professional healthcare interpreter; the National Certification for Medical Interpreters (CMI) and the Certification for Healthcare Interpreters (CHI).