Cynthia E. Roat, MPH
Cynthia E. Roat is a national consultant on language access in health care. Starting as a medical and social-service Spanish-English interpreter in 1992, her interest in systems change led her into teaching interpreters, trainers and medical providers and consulting with healthcare administrators on improving language access programs. Ms. Roat also spent three years at Seattle Children’s Hospital, managing their unique Bilingual Patient Navigator program, before returning to her consulting practice.
Ms. Roat has made significant contributions in many areas of language access. She is the author of a wide array of key resources in the field, and her most recent book, Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites, is being adopted as a text for interpreter training programs. She has consulted for medical centers and healthcare systems and has mentored interpreters, trainers and Language Access Coordinators around the U.S. She is a founding member and former Co-chair of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), a founding member of the Washington State Coalition on Language Access (WASCLA), and a former board member of the Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS). She is known nationally as an engaging speaker, a knowledgeable resource, and an energetic advocate for language access in general.