Espi Ralston, MA, MAT, MA, CMI-Spanish, CHITM
Espi Ralston, a native of Spain, holds master degrees in Modern Philology, French Language and Literature, Curriculum Design & Instruction as well as Foreign Language Education
She has taught college students for more than 30 years. She entered the Healthcare field in 1999 and since then, she has managed health promotions for Hispanic/Latino families, taught Spanish and cultural diversity courses to healthcare providers, and interpreted in clinics and hospitals. From 2003-2005, she was project director (planning phase) of En Memphis Hablamos Juntos, one of the ten-million dollar Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant-funded sites to increase the number and the quality of health care interpreters nationwide. She is a CMI-Spanish and CHITM medical interpreter.
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She worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis from 2007-2017. She is also the Director/Instructor of the Health Care Interpreter Program at the University of Memphis, School of Public Health, the first IMIA accredited program in the country. She was a co-founder, first President elect and vice-President of the TN Association of Medical Interpreters and Translators (TAMIT). Currently, she is Vice-President and Co-Chair of TAMIT Membership Committee