Collaborating for Equitable Language Access for Survivors of Sexual Violence: (4) Interpreter Services During the Medical Forensic Exam

This webinar will be presented by: Angelita Olowu BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Carola Green, BS, FCCI

Angelita Olowu

Angelita Olowu is a Forensic Nurse with 12 years of nursing experience. She holds dual certifications as a SANE-A and a SANE-P. Currently, Angelita is a Forensic Nursing Specialist at the International Association of Forensic Nurses.  In this role she serves as a content expert, provides technical assistance on the recommendations within both the National Adolescent/Adult and Pediatric SAFE Protocols. In addition, Angelita teaches Indian Health Service and IAFN Adolescent/Adult and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner didactic and clinical education.  In her previous role as a fulltime forensic nurse at Hillcrest Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Angelita provided education and leadership to the forensic nursing staff. She also provided guidance around her patient population to the Hospital and the community partners. Angelita has a background in Trauma and Emergency nursing. In her role as a forensic nurse she served patients whom have been victimized by sexual assault, domestic and intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, elder maltreatment, human trafficking, strangulation, physical assaults, and traumas with penetrating injuries. She provides community education and outreach to various entities including schools, colleges and universities, and other health care professionals on prevention and topics related to caring for those who have experienced trauma of personal violence. She has served as a member of a hospital based Domestic Violence Committee, a hospital-based Child Protection Team, and the Cuyahoga County Child Advocacy Center Advisory Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nursing, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Civil Rights Task Force, and she serves on a committee with the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and a chair for the Integrating Culture Committee with the Canopy Child Advocacy Center.

Carola Green

Carola E Green, BS Communication, Federally certified English/Spanish court interpreter, interpreter trainer and test developer, as well as a former California state court interpreter is originally from Guatemala. She served as key staff for the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE) and the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts (CLAC) programs at the National Center for State Courts. She has over twenty years of experience in professional interpreting in the legal and medical fields. Carola also has extensive experience in developing interpreter training curricula, teaching and training interpreters, and all aspects of interpreting test development, test administration, and test rating activities. Carola served on the Standards Training & Certification Committee of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) developing the national code of ethics, standards of practice and standards of training for medical interpreters. She also served as the first vice-president for the California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) and served on the CHIA Standards & Certification Committee developing the nationally recognized California Standards for Healthcare Interpreters – Ethical Principles, Protocols, and Guidance on Roles & Interventions.

Handout and Resources from the webinar:


A Patient Centered Guide

A Roadmap for Hospitals

Checklist for Interpreter Services in Forensic Settings – short

Checklist for Interpreter Services in Forensic Settings – long


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