New Brunswick Interpreter Program

The New Brunswick Community Interpreter Project is a grant-funded, non-profit program that trains English-Spanish bilingual Rutgers students in the skills of medical interpreting for service in local clinics and hospitals.

The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Latinos living in New Brunswick. Many of the recent immigrants speak little or no English and most lack health insurance. Although healthcare facilities are in great need of medical interpreters, the state of New Jersey does not currently reimburse healthcare providers for these services. These factors combined create significant barriers to healthcare. In an effort to help improve access to healthcare for the Latino community in New Brunswick, the Office of Community Health at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School created the New Brunswick Community Interpreter Project (NBCIP). This community program works in collaboration with Rutgers University to provide bilingual students with an opportunity to serve as medical interpreters at various sites throughout New Brunswick. The program is funded by grants from Johnson & Johnson and New Brunswick Tomorrow.

The three pronged mission of the New Brunswick Community Interpreter Project is:

  • To improve access to and the quality of healthcare for Latinos in the New Brunswick Community
  • To provide an outlet for community service, personal growth, and language skills development for the Rutgers Community
  • To contribute to the development of the profession of healthcare interpreting