Dr. Ortiz will present the findings of a recent study which aimed to understand the challenges and secondary trauma experienced by the interpreter community. Though the research was completed with medical interpreters she will highlight themes including extending the professional role, carrying emotional burden, and experiencing professional underappreciation relevant to all interpreters in legal, education, immigration, and other systems and settings. The presentation will end with the sharing of some suggested tools and resources, an optional participation live stress mitigation strategy exercise for the audience, and ultimately a summary of future directions for this work.
Dr. Robin Ortiz
Robin Ortiz, MD, MSHP is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health within the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity at New York University. She is a physician for adults and children and researcher with a focus in identifying the impacts of childhood adversity across the lifespan particularly oriented toward building resilient families and communities. She completed residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in both internal medicine and pediatrics followed by a fellowship in health policy research in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also a Clinical and Science Advisor for Aurrera Health Group on their ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Aware Initiative with the Office of the California Surgeon General. Some select recent projects include work with: 1) the National Child Abuse Hotline to assess trends in child abuse and distress amid the COVID-19 pandemic, published in JAMA Pediatrics; 2) a multidisciplinary team analyzing sanctuary immigration policies for health related language, published in Health Affairs; and 3) medical interpreters to understand challenges and secondary trauma faced by interpreters and individuals with limited English proficiency, pending publication. She works clinically with children and adults in the context of families utilizing her additional training in lifestyle medicine, mindfulness, and plant-based nutrition.