JAlfonso

As President of Alfonso Interpreting & Transporting, Inc., I oversee all clients and their incoming assignments. Through quick and thorough communication, I ensure that our clients' needs are met and completed professionally and in a timely fashion.

Notice of discontinuation of transportation services

Earlier this month, Alfonso Interpreting & Transporting issued the following announcement. I want to thank you for trusting in Alfonso Interpreting for your interpretation and transport needs. Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance continue to increase for us, while lower cost services such as Uber and Lyft have continued to rise as competitors.  Due to the …

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Medical interpreter or Healthcare interpreter, which one is it?

Medical interpreter or Healthcare interpreter, which one is it? There are two organizations established in the United States that certify Medical/Healthcare interpreters. Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters http://www.cchicertification.org National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org Since I am CCHI certified, I identify as a healthcare interpreter. When I do an online search using that …

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An argument for Certified professional interpreters (Confidentiality)

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, at times, doctors choose to use family members, friends, or medical staff to interpret at an appointment instead of using a certified interpreter. Previous blogs have demonstrated why this is so serious and risky, as well as potentially violating the law. One of the core guidelines for professional …

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Training Leaders for a Strong Safety Culture Part 2

In part one of this subject, we discussed that a skilled worker doesn’t always transition well into a skilled leader.  Just like workers have a learning curve and require training to learn and hone their skill, crew leaders, supervisors, and foremen also need to be taught leadership skills. The following are some recommendations to prepare …

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Three Aspects of Medical Interpreters’ Scope of Practice You May Not Know

The interpreting profession exists to bridge the language barrier between two or more parties who do not speak the same language.  Here are some aspects of medical interpreters’ scope of practice of which you may be unaware.  1. All utterances are reformulated Most people know that medical interpreters are conduits of information. It is often …

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Training Leaders for a strong safety culture part 1

Supervisors are in the trenches so to speak. They oversee the actual work being performed and have authority to make changes and correct hazards. In the U.S. the most common system for advancing in a company is to reward productive workers by giving them a supervisory position. I often find this approach unproductive. Why? As …

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ACCOUNTABILITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR SAFETY PART 2

Our previous safety blog talked about accountability; setting high expectations and then following through. We considered that even when you have economic and work pressures pushing against maintaining a high standard, the cost of not holding people responsible can be an even steeper price to pay.  What are some steps to take to guarantee accountability? …

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