WIN continues to offer free interpreter services to Project Access® patients thanks to an ongoing People in Need (PIN) grant

January 16, 2020

January 15, 2020, Asheville, NC – A grant awarded to the WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN) in 2019 will continue providing free interpreter services to Project Access (PA) patients in 2020. This effort, titled “Breaking the Language Barrier: WCMS Interpreter Network Support of Project Access,” was awarded $20,000 with the goal of allowing PA patients to effectively communicate with their physician at no cost to the patient or medical practice. Sixty-three appointments have been covered by the grant to date, with the goal of including at least 100 appointments by the end of the project.

The grant also provides support for further training of WIN staff, assistance with document translation, and recruitment of new interpreters to serve patients and practices in Buncombe and Madison counties.

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Mariela Solano, Director of Health Access and Equity Programs at WCMS notes, “We are grateful to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for the award of the PIN grant and look forward to continuing this project in 2020. WIN is thrilled to be able to provide free services to our PA patients and the wonderful volunteer providers who assist them.”

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