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Interpreter and Cultural Navigator Team

Supplementing the clinical services directly provided by our multi-lingual and multi-cultural clinicians at the Trauma Recovery Center, services are available in additional languages with the support of our interpreter and cultural navigator team.

Our partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s  Newcomers Health Program and the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) allows engages many of our interpreter team not only in interpretation services, but also in professional development training on working with survivors of torture, trauma-informed clinical services, and issues related to asylum and migration stress.

In Spring 2013, three interpreter staff participated in a week-long, specialized training on working with survivors of torture in a mental health setting. Our interpreter staff additionally work in tandem with our clinical team to provide trainings to attorneys and clinicians in the community on providing culturally- and linguistically-relevant, trauma-sensitive services.

Samira Alibakit – Amharic, Arabic,  Tigre and Tigrinya

Gloria Alonzo, BA – Spanish

Gloria Alonzo is a certified Medical Interpreter working in the medical field since 1993.  She was a staff interpreter at UCSF Medical Center and at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, where she coordinated a 60 hour pilot interpreting workshop for bilingual staff.  For ten years, she provided a 4 hour “Basics of Interpretation” training to multilingual advocates of the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco, and for one academic year, Ms. Alonzo worked as a Language Coach in the SF City College Medical Interpreters Certificate Program.  Ms. Alonzo is presently a Healthworker/Medical Interpreter for the SF Department of Public Health’s Newcomers Health Program.

Altankhuar (Alta) Bayanjargal, MA – Mongolian and Russian

Altanhkuar (Alta) Bayanjargal is a certified Medical Interpreter of Mongolian and Russian. She has been working as a Community Health Worker and Medical Interpreter since 2010 with Newcomers Health Program. Alta earned an MA in Linguistic Arts from The National University of Mongolia.

Ibtisam Dahud, BSN, RN, CMHW – Arabic

Ibtisam Dahud BSN, RN, CMHW, is a Certified Medical Interpreter and Community Health Worker, currently working at Newcomers Health Program.  She is also a language lab coach for the Medical Interpreter Program at City College of San Francisco.