The National Institute for Coordinated Healthcare (NICHC) focuses to addressing healthcare disparities by designing and implementing workforce development programs that comply with culturally and linguistically appropriate standards, as recommended by the U.S. Office of Minority Health. Our training programs address language access, cultural competence, and coordinated care needs. These are our current training programs:

Core Medical Interpreter Training™ (CMIT™)

CMIT™ is a flexible 60 to 100-hour training program that surpasses the recommended national training standards and requirements for national certification for Medical/Healthcare Interpreters. Although the CMIT™ program is primarily intended for spoken languages, it provides American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters a specialization training.

For more information on training venues and times, please select from the list below:

Philadelphia, PA

Abington, PA

Allentown, PA

Other cities

Medical Spanish for Health Care professionals

This customizable training program provides basic and learning opportunities for healthcare professionals that are interested in learning more about body parts, medical terminology, frequent commands and requests for patients, and regionalisms that will allow you to improve your communication with Spanish-speaking limited-English proficient patients. For more information, click here.

Community Health Worker/Patient Health Advocate (CHW/PHA)

The CHW/PHA program is a 100+ hour program at the college level that may be used as an elective, or as part of an Allied Health program. It focuses on the development of coordinated care skills, with emphasis on building a relationship of trust with the patient to achieve health education, patient activation, and improve their health outcomes, while collecting qualitative and quantitative data to implement a database that proves the cost-effectiveness and overall improvement of quality of care.

The CHW/PHA program can be combined with CMIT™ for eligible students with proficiency in two, or more languages. For these professionals, the dual training program significantly enhances their scope of service, community outreach skills, and employment desirability.

Health Literacy

This customizable Health Literacy training program helps you develop better communication strategies and materials to address audiences with basic or low health literacy.

For more information, click here.

Cultural Competence for healthcare professionals

This 40-hour  Cultural Competence training is aimed at healthcare professionals that want to enhance their competence level when dealing with patients from different cultures, habits, and beliefs. This is a neuroscience-based training program that explores our concepts of stereotypes, culture, and provides real-life challenging situations to provide culturally-appropriate care to patients.

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