What's New

SEMIA is getting a new name!

SEMIA will soon be changing its name to KITA: Kentucky Interpreter and Translator Association. While the name is changing, the mission remains the same: facilitate access to health care and other essential services for the LEP population by providing training and continuing education opportunities, promoting adherence to professional standards and raising public awareness of interpreters. The new name highlights our field of activity and our greater inclusivity of interpreters and translators in specializations other than medical (e.g., legal, community, etc.). KITA will also serve as the state chapter for IMIA, so stay tuned for more exciting developments!

Discover Healthcare Interpreting CoreCHI™ Scholarship

CCHI is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI™ Scholarship thanks to contributions from language companies, CCHI Commissioners and staff. The purpose of the scholarship is to support interpreters of languages for which only the CoreCHI™ certification is currently available, including refugee languages and languages of lesser diffusion.

CCHI has identified a particular need to support interpreters in smaller language communities in their pursuit of earning the designation of a certified interpreter. In keeping with CCHI's mission to offer a professional certification for healthcare interpreters of all languages, CCHI asked language companies to support interpreters seeking the CoreCHI™ certification. We are grateful and excited to announce that two companies rushed to help! Thanks to their contributions, CCHI will award up to five (5) scholarships, in the amount of $210 each, each half-year cycle in 2017.


Core Medical Interpreter Training (CMIT) - The first step to certification

Read a brief explanation of the program and see the next scheduled training offered through SEMIA, in the Lexington area.

Also, check out our companion sites for other training dates:

Interpreter Meetups

Meet fellow interpreters in your area:

Need an Interpreter?

Our members include ASL and spoken language interpreters. Many are certified healthcare/medical interpreters. You can search our member directory online or download a copy.

Connect with us

South Eastern Medical Interpreters Association
838 E High St #159
Lexington, Kentucky 40502-2107



The South Eastern Medical Interpreter Association is a non-profit organization that provides continuing education opportunities and a forum for medical interpreters and translators to exchange ideas and experiences. SEMIA supports medical interpreter training in order to facilitate access to health care and other fundamental services for limited-English proficient and marginalized communities. The Association promotes professionalism and public awareness of the importance of providing quality interpretation services in health care.