Interpreters Available for Care

Dental patients at OHSU School of Dentistry speak 34 different languages. In 2013-2014, there were 8,826 hours of interpretation time for dental school patients.

Most notably, the school’s Spanish-speaking patient population is increasing, and the school will add a Spanish interpreter to its staff this month. About 76 percent (6,701) language interpretations in 2013-2014 were for Spanish-speaking patients.

“The number of hours for Spanish interpretation time has actually increased more than 14 percent since the last fiscal year,” said Kathy Anderson, administrative coordinator in the pre-doctoral clinic. “There has been a lot of word of mouth amongst this patient population about the dental school, and the number of Spanish-speaking patients is continuing to rise.”