What is the Health Care Interpreters Fund?

Health care interpreters provided vital services to communities during the pandemic. Yet, many credentialed health care interpreters are struggling to make ends meet. While other health care providers received substantial payments and benefits, health care interpreters did not receive additional support.

Oregon Interpreters in Action (OIA), an Oregon AFSCME local, has advocated for and won funding to provide COVID-relief payments to hundreds of health care interpreters while they continue to fight for better pay and a state-based scheduling and billing system to administer it. As a result of union action, the Health Care Interpreters Fund is now available to provide direct, one-time relief to OHA qualified/certified health care interpreters.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for the one-time bonus through the Health Care Interpreters Fund if:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are a certified or qualified health care interpreter
  • You are registered with OHA
  • You provided interpretation services in Oregon during the pandemic and experienced financial hardship
  • You apply by September 30, 2023
  • How do I apply?

    The funds are being administered by Oregon Worker Relief, a trusted community partner. If you believe you are eligible for the bonus, please call 1-888-274-7292 to start your application.

    If you qualify, you will be matched with a navigator from our partners at AFSCME, Pueblo Unido, or Adelante Mujeres. Your navigator will reach out to you directly by phone to complete your application.


    Call Oregon Worker Relief at 1-888-274-7292 or reach us by email.

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