Wilma Alvarado-Little M.A., M.S.W.
For over 25 years, Wilma Alvarado-Little has been a strong voice advocating for linguistically and culturally appropriate health services. In addition to her interests in public policy, research and health disparities prevention, she is a healthcare interpreter and trainer who has been instrumental in the development and implementation of hospital and clinic based programs. She has also been involved with media initiatives on the importance of identifying linguistic and cultural barriers in the provision of quality health care services.
She works tirelessly to educate healthcare institutions on provision of quality language access services and has participated in efforts led by the Joint Commission, American Medical Association, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. She is the former Co-chair of the Board of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, is a member of the National Project Advisory Committee for the Review of the CLAS Standards, HHS Office of Minority Health and the New York State Office of Mental Health Multicultural Advisory Committee in addition to serving on boards at the state and local levels which address multicultural issues. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in May 2009 as part of an award to the Center for Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University at Albany, SUNY to support research to identify access and barriers to health care for populations in smaller cities and served as the PI/ Director of Community Engagement/Outreach. She has a Master Arts degree in Spanish Literature, A Master’s in Social Welfare and Bachelor Degrees in Spanish and Psychology