The Community Interpreter Project (CIP) is an educational program that relies on a team of paraprofessional student-interpreters who support the overall language access program at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center. Founded in the fall of 1999, it is now a mature program that serves as a nexus for three distinct but interconnected learning communities within Rutgers University and its surroundings:
The CIP has led a robust training program for Spanish-speaking staff from hospitals and community health centers throughout central and northern New Jersey since 2010. Our training program takes nurses, medical assistants and other healthcare professionals and trains them to be dual-role interpreters within their institutions. Our screening and training program is based on best practices from the healthcare interpreting field and sets them on a path for certification.