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Welcome To MAMI Interpreters

 

MAMI (originally the Multicultural Association of Medical Interpreters of Central New York, Inc) is a not-for-profit, civil rights organization, which prides itself in offering limited-English proficient (LEP) persons better access to health care, legal and social services. MAMI has offices in Utica, Syracuse and Albany. Since its incorporation in 1998, MAMI has provided quality interpreting and translation services to upstate New York and the capital region in Eastern New York.

MAMI’s interpreters are highly trained and are available through our 24/7 interpreter dispatch program.

Education is a focal point of our mission. MAMI has developed flagship courses in medical and court interpreting. Currently, MAMI offers courses in basic medical training, court interpreting, professional development classes for our interpreters, covering such topics as Domestic Violence, Finance and Insurance, Legal Consultations, Diabetes and more.

MAMI offers classes to improve literacy and job placement for refugees/immigrants and to assist them in navigating the health care system. Among our LEP courses are: English as a second language (ESL) classes for driving safety, survival needs, and domestic violence prevention, and a model for culturally-mediated public health seminars, taught so far to Somali women on perinatal health.

MAMI’s classes for providers include: how to work with the trained interpreter and the LEP, cultural competency, when you should use the trained on-site interpreter and when telephonic would work.

MAMI recently initiated a community conversation on the importance of using the trained interpreter. The first Forum kicked-off the conversation in November 2014. Another forum will be scheduled soon.

Our History

MILESTONES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 1998 – First MAMI medical interpreting class completed by 17 students
  • 2000 – Granted SCORE Small Business of the Year Award
  • 2003 – Conducted first interpreter training in Upstate New York to Assist Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence – Sponsored by MAMI, the YWCA and the Domestic Violence Coalition of the Mohawk Valley
  • 2004 – MAMI 24/7 launched in December (Interpreting Service Updated — Observer Dispatch)
  • 2005 – Course on Interpreting for Mental and Behavioral Health launched in June. One of the first in the US. Funded in part by Slocum Dickson Medical Group
  • 2006 – MAMI opens office in Syracuse with help from Reach CNY of the Perinatal Network
  • 2006 – MAMI launches “Refugees Drive to Succeed,” a special driver education program for refugees
  • 2008 – Executive Director Cornelia E. Brown, Ph.D., is recognized as Outstanding Woman of the Year from the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley (8 Outstanding Women — Observer Dispatch)
  • 2008 – Executive Director Cornelia E. Brown, Ph.D., receives the “Academy of Diversity Achievers” from the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County
  • 2009 – Outreach Coordinator Mary Stronach receives the “Academy of Diversity Achievers” from the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County
  • 2010 – MAMI offers its first culturally mediated seminar
  • 2010 – Executive Director Cornelia E. Brown, Ph.D., receives the Kathryn Davis Peace Fellowship to study in the Middlebury College Russian Graduate language school as preparation for leading MAMI’s interpreting initiatives (MAMI Director Brown is Davis Fellow In Russian Studies — Observer Dispatch)
  • 2011 – Executive Director Cornelia E. Brown, Ph.D., receives international Inttranet Linguist of the Year Award (Brown Named Linguist of the Year — Observer Dispatch)
  • 2011 – Interpreting Instructor Lily Piplica receives the “Salute to Outstanding Women” from the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley
  • MAMI opens office in Albany, NY at invitation of Catholic Charities AIDS Services and funded by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute
  • Nov 2011 – March 2012 – MAMI offers its first court interpreting course (Part 1) in preparation for the state written exam
  • 2012 – MAMI Syracuse moves to larger offices (MAMI Interpreters Settles Into Bigger Syracuse Office Part 1Part 2Part 3 — Mohawk Valley Business Journal)
  • 2012 – MAMI offers its first court interpreting course (Part 2) in preparation for the state oral exam presented by Agustín S. de la Mora, CFCI, who is a Supervisor Rater for the National Center for State Courts in the United States
  • 2012 – MAMI Utica office moves into a newer handicapped accessible facility downtown Utica (MAMI Interpreters Have New Location — Observer Dispatch)
  • 2014 — MAMI holds its first Forum, initiating a community conversation on the importance of the trained interpreter. Nationally recognized guest speakers were invited to spearhead the discussion.
  • 2015 – Albany Office moves to 10 N. Main Ave.