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PROMISE program
Led by Javier Gonzales, with the Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities Service
This presentation focused on the PROMISE program, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation.
Medical interpreter training and job placement program for bilingual individuals in New York City who are unemployed or who are underemployed.

Training Program

Training is 120 hours – Multilingual model

Language Lab

Career Skill Building

Establishing Internship Opportunities

Some challenges in being able to do this, but have recently been develop relationships with three agencies that are willing to take interns.
Enrollment has been in the 60-75 range each year.  Placement after the first year was 100% with almost 30% retaining the position for a complete year.  Given the population worked with, the 30% is considered a very effective rate.
Looking to expand the program to have more time for training and practice.  One particular area of focus is heritage speakers of the language, particularly with the challenges of regional variation within language – and learning how to maintain and utilize regional variations of language to provide better service.