Word of Mouth - May 2019

May 3, 2019


Special thanks to The Heinz Endowments.  We are so grateful and so happy to announce that The Heinz Endowments has awarded Global Wordsmiths with a generous grant to offset our costs for The Language Access Project. The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to its work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive. Big shout out to our Fiscal Sponsor, New Sun Rising, too! 

Call for bilingual interns! We are now hiring bilingual interns for our Fall 2019 Language Access Project. Any bilingual university students who are interested in receiving professional interpreter and translation training, mentoring, professional field experience, plus a financial stipend and/ or academic credit should apply. Send resumes tomeredith@globalwordsmiths.com. 

Pennsylvania Healthcare Literacy Coalition Meeting. On May 15 from 1:00 - 4:00 at this years meeting in Harrisburg, Mary Jayne will lead a workshop about Advancing Language Access and Working with Interpreters Learn more about policy requirements for serving populations with limited English proficiency, working effectively with interpreters, and integrating language access into the workplace workflow. Contact Kelsey Salazar for more information, ksalazar@hcifonline.org.


The Allegheny Family Support Professional Learning Community for professionals working with immigrant and refugee families was excited to welcome Global Wordsmiths to its 3rd session. Mary Jayne facilitated a vibrant discussion on language access, best practices for communicating through an interpreter, and the importance for each Family Center to begin building its own Language Access Plan. Read more about their work here. https://mailchi.mp/94c8bfdfd977/family-support-apr19?e=1d4eaf0f95


With love,

Mary Jayne




From Man Booker International winner Olga Tokarczuk to partners Ma Jian and Flora Drew … leading authors and translators discuss the highs and lows of cross-cultural collaboration



This was published before the the 2019 primaries, but as 2020 approaches, it is important to remember that language accessibility directly affects our representative democracy. 

Client Spotlight: Allies for Health + Wellbeing 


To improve health and wellbeing, Allies provides integrated medical care, supportive human services, and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections. Allies envisions a healthier community whereby all individuals access integrated medical care and supportive human services in a respectful setting, free of stigma and discrimination. Services now include a medical clinic, behavioral health services, PrEP services, medical case management, HIV, hepatitis and STI testing and counseling, a food pantry, transportation, and emergency financial assistance, housing, and prevention and educational outreach. Some services are available to all members of the community, regardless of HIV status, and Allies offers the most comprehensive, integrated medical care at one location, available to all clients served in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.


Contact: info@alliespgh.org

Provider Resources


The Multilingual Access Model: A Model for Outreach and Services in Non-English Speaking Communities

Interpreter Resources


So you want to be a freelance Translator (or Interpreter): Tech and Tools


You've likely heard Angel Haze, the insanely smooth, mixed-race indigenous rapper. The uber-talented 22-year-old MC might be one of the best known Native names in hip hop today (she even speaks Tsalagi, a Cherokee dialect), but she's part of a larger, thriving First Nations underground music scene, in which men and women are using their rhymes to tell the stories of lives often unseen and voices often unheard.






Chirgilchin Tuvan Throat Singers with Yuliyana Krivoshapkina
May 1, 7:30pm at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh

Pasta and Prints ARYSE Fundraiser
May 4, 4:00 - 7:30 at Pullproof Studio

GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays Monthly Happy Hour
May 2 from 5:30 - 8:00 at Roland’s Seafood Grill 

No Small Matter Documentary Screening + Conversation
May 2, 6:00 - 8:00 at Rodef Shalom

Separated: Children at the Border (screening)
May 2 at 7:00pm at the Pump House 

Cinco de mayo: Tacos, Salsa & Bachata!
May 4, 9:00pm - 2:00am at Los Sabrosos Dance Co. 

Separation at the Border: Its impact on Pittsburgh, a “Welcoming City”
May 4, 1:30pm at the Pump House

Health & Diversity Through Soccer
May 4, 4:00 - 8:00 at Arsenal Middle School

Tina’s de Mayo Weekend Block Party
May 5, 5:00pm at Tina’s

Khūrākī: North Side
May 6, 7:00 - 10:00 at City of Asylum
Networking Happy hour to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 9, 5:00 - 8:00 at Yuzu Kitchen
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!
May 11, 2:00 - 6:00 at JCC in Squirrel Hill
One Big Table
May 13, 6:00pm at the Westin Convention Center Hotel  

Workshop Series: Supporting Pittsburgh’s Refugee Students
May 13, 5:30 - 8:00pm at City Theater
Welcoming Interactive + Welcoming Economies
May 15 - 17, Omni William Penn Hotel 
Italian Genealogy Workshop
May 18 at 9:00am,  Heinz History Center
Los Mirlos: Legendary Cumbia Amazonica from Peru
May 20, 8:00pm at 25 Carrick Avenue
Monet and the Modern City
May 25 - September 3 at Carnegie Museum of Art
French Cultural Center Pique-nique 
May 25, 12:00 - 6:00pm at Fireman’s Memorial Park
Fiberart International 2019
May 31 5:30pm at Contemporary Craft + Brewhouse

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