Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, A Foreign Language Service – AFLS has sought ways to partner with Arizona’s medical community to help strengthen our state’s coronavirus response. AFLS proudly partners with medical providers across Arizona to bring quality care to our communities. In this role, AFLS interpreters in Tucson help to provide vital support to health care professionals. As certified language professionals, they help to reduce language barriers and to ensure access to quality health care. They make sure that people receive help, regardless of their native language. From the beginning of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, AFLS interpreters have served on the front lines to make sure that no community is left behind.
AFLS Interpreters In Tucson Help Support Banner Hospitals
Our interpreters help to make sure that everyone who needs medical care can receive that care in a timely manner. Ever since the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases began to grow in Arizona, including in Maricopa County and Pima County, AFLS has found ways to help. Early in the pandemic, the importance of testing became inextricably clear. As testing capacity grew, the medical community was better able to quickly identify who was infected. Accurate testing helped to make it possible to take the proper precautions to keep individuals and the greater community as healthy as possible.
AFLS has been proud to partner with the Banner Health Care Network, including its behavioral health services, throughout Arizona. We are proud to serve the Tucson region and the greater Pima County area. Our goal continues to be bringing our expertise in translation work to medical facilities and hospitals throughout the area. We want to ensure that all Arizonans have access to timely translation for medical care. This quality medical care includes life-saving Covid-19 vaccines, as well as other practical medical needs. In light of the ongoing pandemic, our work has become more important than ever.
Certified Interpreters Ensure Quality Health Care For Arizona’s Children And Families
We are committed at AFLS to doing all we can to ensure equal language access for all members of our communities. The Banner Health Care system serves as the largest employer in Arizona with over 50,000 employees. With that kind of a reach, they have a tremendous capacity to care for the medical needs, including those related to Covid-19, for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans. Banner offers a variety of resources, including life-saving vaccines to protect against the coronavirus and to help protect the health of our communities.
AFLS Interpreters Ensure Vital Support For Underserved Communities
We also support Banner in meeting the general medical requirements of those sick and injured persons who have non-COVID related illnesses. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer have not ceased simply because of a pandemic. In fact, in many ways, Covid-19 has further exacerbated medical issues. Many people have been afraid to seek out regular needed medical care for fearing being exposed to the virus. This is why on-site and remote interpreting services are crucial. These language services help people to be able to make informed decisions about their medical care.
During the height of the pandemic, remote interpreting has come to the forefront. Over-the-phone interpreting (OPI) and video remote interpreting (VRI) have been able to provide safe options when needed. People can gain access to quality language interpreting in ways that allow for social distancing when necessary. Both types of interpreting come with a variety of benefits, including those of convenience, time-saving, and cost-effectiveness. The primary difference is that over-the-phone interpreters are not able to see the client, whereas video remote interpreters do have the benefit of visual contact.
AFLS Interpreters In Tucson Serve The Academy Of Math And Science
Throughout the pandemic, AFLS has not limited its partnership to the medical community. As the country continues to seek to safely return to normal, AFLS has been there every step of the way to provide support. AFLS interpreters help meet the ongoing translation needs in the education sector. As children return to school, whether in person or online, AFLS continues to partner with the Academies of Math and Science. These charter schools have locations in both Tucson and Phoenix. As such, they serve approximately 7,000 children across 9 different campuses, all located in underserved communities.