Welcome To The Ann Marchand Homepage


March 2016

I work at Harborview Medical Center (Seattle WA) in the Interpreter Services Department. HMC is a large urban public hospital operated by the University of Washington. It serves a very diverse and changing ethnic population which is a challenge for our current medical system. The mission of the Interpreter Services Department is to reduce barriers to health care for limited-English speaking and hearing-impaired populations that receive care at Harborview.  Interpretation is provided to patients in over 90 languages, interpreting over 400 encounters per day.  Many of the interpreters are also immigrants who come with their own stories and unique life experiences. In addition to interpretation, we coordinate and manage a website, EthnoMed ( which contains information about cultural beliefs, medical and other issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle or the US.

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