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.

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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Booking Ahead for a Great Healthcare Interpreter

My goal is that my clients enjoy great success. We make a concerted effort to arrive early to appointments and provide professional, knowledgeable, and ethical interpreters. Over the years, I have noticed a common trend that can at times effect the quality of the interpreting event. Determinein advance if someone requires an interpreter and make …

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Accountability is essential for safety part 1

Accountability is essential for safety part 1 A while back, I conducted a class and discussed the importance of accountability in safety. I talked about the great examples of some local companies that set high expectations and hold people accountable. The example was that if you break a rule, like not wearing a piece of …

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Who Pays for Medical Interpreters?

Federal law requires medical practices to use interpreters. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires interpreters for all patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) based on national origin who receive federal financial assistance except for Medicare Part B. Just as in the case of wheelchair accessibility for disabled persons, not providing interpreters when needed …

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5 Things to Know When Working with a legal Interpreter

Many problems with interpreters are a result of others in the court not fully understanding how interpreting is supposed to be done. Judges, clerks, officers of the court, and attorneys need to be educated on what to know when working with court interpreters. Proper training can help judges and attorneys recognize qualified professional interpreters doing …

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Why should a company invest in language classes?

Why should a company invest in language classes? Recently, I conducted Spanish language safety class with a group of workers.  I have been providing regular safety training with this company for a while now. The employees are eager to learn, and I have come to know many of them. There hasn’t been a lot of …

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