The Office of Language Access (OLA) provides centralized oversight, coordination, and technical assistance to State agencies (the executive, legislative and judicial branches of Hawai‘i’s state government) and organizations that receive state funding, regarding the implementation requirements of Hawai‘i’s Language Access Law.

The goal of the OLA is to ensure that no person is denied access to State or State-funded services due to their limited ability to speak, read, write or understand the English language.

Language Access Resource Center is now accepting online applications for the Roster of Language Interpreters & Translators – This Roster LARC Roster Flyer FINAL_12.23.15_Page_1serves as a publicly available online platform to help connect interpreters & translators with agencies serving the limited English proficient (LEP) public.  This Roster is intended for use by government and government funded – agencies in their efforts to find appropriate interpreters and translators to comply with certain civil rights and language access laws.  However, anyone may search this roster for language service providers who offer their services in the State of Hawaiʻi.

Here is the link to access the application: http://tinyurl.com/olarosterapp

Click here to view the Roster Flyer.

8th Annual Hawaiʻi Conference on Language Access – Friday, August 14, 2015 

“Language Access, Social Justice & Hawaiʻi’s COFA Residents”:  This conference presented the challenges to achieving language access and social justice for Hawaiʻi’s residents from the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations, (the Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Yap, Chuuk, and Kosrae); the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and the Republic of Palau) – with a special focus on: Health Care, Homelessness, and Education.

Click here for the full conference agenda – 8th Annual OLA Conference – FINAL Flyer -Full Agenda.

Click here for Conference Speakers’ PowerPoint presentations.

LANGUAGE ACCESS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS

  • Language Access Advisory Council monthly meeting, Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at Director’s Conference room 320, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Meeting Agenda 2.04.2016
  • Language Access Advisory Council monthly meeting, Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at Director’s Conference room 320, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.  This meeting is cancelled due to lack of quorum.
  • Language Access Advisory Council monthly meeting, Wednesday, December 09, 2015 @ 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at Director’s Conference Room 320, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Meeting Agenda 12/09/2015
  • Language Access Advisory Council monthly meeting, Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at UI Administrative Conference room 325, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Meeting Agenda 11/18/2015  This meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum.
  • Language Access Advisory Council monthly meeting, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at Director’s Conference room 320, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 96813. Meeting Agenda 10/14/2015

NEW TRAININGS & WORKSHOPS 2016

 

Bridging the Gap (BTG) Training for Medical and Health Care Interpreters –

March 4, 5, 11, 12 & 19, 2016 – in Honolulu at the Medical Education Building, third floor, John A. Burns School of Medicine.  

This is a 5-day course (40 hours) from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM conducted by Mary Santa Maria, MS/MPH, designated official trainer for the Bridging the Gap curriculum under the Office of Language Access’ license with Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP).

    • Click here to download/print Bridging the Gap Application Form.
    • Bridging the Gap Training for Medical and Health Care Interpreters 2016 in Honolulu
    • Application deadline extended February 16, 2016
    • Location: Medical Education Building, third floor, John A. Burns School of Medicine, 651 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 96813
    • Cost: $150 includes registration fee and textbooks
    • FREE to qualified State and County employees
    • Questions & Inquiries: Contact the Office of Language Access at (808) 586-8730 or email at ola@doh.hawaii.gov

 

PAST WORKSHOPS & TRAININGS

  • Bridging the Gap (BTG) Training for Medical and Health Care Interpreters – November 6,7, 13, 14 & 21, 2015 – University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UHH), Big Island.  This is a 5-day course (40 hours) from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM conducted by Mary Santa Maria, MS/MPH, designated official trainer for the Bridging the Gap curriculum under the Office of Language Access’ license with Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP).
  • Language Access & Law Enforcement March 9-13, 2015 Workshop Series for State & County Law Enforcement Personnel – featured speakers are Alyssa Lareau, Esq., Staff Attorney, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. and Deputy Chief Lyn Tomioka, Chief of Staff, San Francisco Police Department, CA.  Workshops will be held on Kauai, Maui and Big Island.  This workshop will cover:
    • Hawaiʻi’s Language Access Law; state/county demographics; OLA functions
    • Federal Language Access Law: mandates, law suits, investigations, compliance requirements
    • Practical Application from U.S. Department of Justice perspective
    • Practical Application – lessons from San Francisco Police Department
  • Translation of Vital Documents 2-day workshop for agencies, conducted by Kleber Palma, Director, New York City Department of Education Translation and Interpretation Unit.  Thursday & Friday – January 22-23, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM @ King Kamehameha Wing Auditorium & Lounge, Queen’s Medical Center, 1301 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.
  • Translation Workshop January 2015 – Language Access Law Basics – OLA – Rebecca Gardner, J.D.
  • OLA – Translation of Vital Documents Serafin Jun Colmenares, Jr., Ph.D._ January 2015
    • Questions on workshop content?  Contact Office of Language Access: (808) 586-8730 or email address: ola@doh.hawaii.gov
  • Court Interpreter Workshop 2014 with Holly Mikkelson, Associate Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies.  December 5 & 6, 2014, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Campus Center Ballroom.
  • Court Interpreter Workshop – Dec 5 and 6 – Agenda
  • U.S. FEDERAL LANGUAGE ACCESS LAW AGENCY COMPLIANCE WORKSHOP – presented by Bruce Adelson, CEO, Federal Compliance Consulting, LLC, October 22-23, 2014, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at Queen’s Conference Center, Queen’s Medical Center, 510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813.  The Queeen’s Conference Center will validate your parking ticket $5.00 per day, for first 75, POB I & II. (Physician’s Office Building)  QMC MAP attached.    Two day program agendaFederal Language Access Law Compliance Workshop Flyer

GOVERNOR’S MESSAGES

  •  Governor’s Message No. 1320 – Relating to Language Access ACT 217 (13)  Establishes and provides appropriations for a Statewide Language Access Resource Center and Multilingual Website Pilot Project to be administered by the Office of Language Access.  Effective July 1, 2013.
  • Governor’s message no. 1304 – Relating to the Office of Language Access ACT 201 (12) Transferring the Office of Language Access along with its functions and duties from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to the Department of Health.

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