Tracy Young, BSN, MA, RN, CMI, RN interpreter and language access services coordinator at Barton Health, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was honored as a 2015 Language Access Champion by the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care June 5 at a reception in Minneapolis.
The NCIHC award, first presented in 2010, recognizes a person, program or organization whose work improves the lives of others through the promotion of language access in healthcare, according to an NCIHC nomination letter.
Young was recognized for launching Barton’s Spanish website, leading in-depth interpretive and translation services and outreach, and future projects in process, according to an article in the June 22 Barton Health Executive Team Update.
“If anyone deserves an award for their work in language access, it’s my client Tracy Young and Barton Health,” wrote Young’s nominator, Judy Jenner, co-owner of Twin Translations. “Not only have they tirelessly and meticulously made sure that hundreds of forms from all departments get translated by a professional translation service as opposed to using bilingual staff, but they have gone significantly above that by changing the culture at Barton to be one that truly focuses on language access and inclusion.”
“This is really Barton’s award; we all make language access services a national showcase program,” said Young in the Update.
Sharing the champion spotlight with Barton this year were Bruce Downing, emeritus professor of linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Maria-Paz Beltran Avery, managing project director at Education Development Center, Inc., Boston.