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Cathi Kroon of Yale New Haven Health to Join Culturesmart as a Consultant and Trainer

QUINCY, MA - 8/1/07 - Culturesmart is pleased to announce that Cathi Kroon of Wallingford, Connecticut, has joined Culturesmart as a consultant and Spanish language coach. “Connecticut is a state which is ripe for development in medical interpreting,” says Cathi. She looks forward to being a part of Culturesmart’s program because it includes assessments, evaluations, and a complete curriculum that covers interpreter skills, minimum standards, and language-specific development. “I welcome the opportunity to participate in Connecticut’s development and I enjoy training, as I get to meet others who are interested in the field of medical interpreting and help them toward greater professionalism.”

Cathi’s work at Culturesmart with Spanish medical interpreters draws on more than 10 years at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where Cathi designed and managed the interpreter services program. She recently moved to Yale-New Haven Health, a three-hospital consortium, where her work includes interpreter assessment and training, as well as collecting and disseminating data on language to help ensure that appropriate linguistic support is available to patients.

Cathi became interested in languages while working as a nurse assistant in a summer job at a TB hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Spanish-speaking nurses coached her in helpful phrases and encouraged her to study Spanish. When she returned to Wichita State University for her senior year, Cathi completed enough courses for a minor in Spanish that complements her BME in music education. She later joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in the Dominican Republic as a teacher-trainer.

Other travel has brought Cathi to Hungary to learn about the Zoltán Kodály’s philosophy of teaching music and to Portugal to teach English as a Second Language. Beyond studying Spanish, Hungarian, Portuguese, and German, Cathi is an intermediate-level student of American Sign Language.

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