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Public Health and Equity Sign Language Interpreting Program

Earnest Covington III, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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We'd love to meet you.

Hello! My name is Earnest Covington III, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We welcome you to Rhode Island and look forward to sharing more about this unique program and everything the Ocean State has to offer!

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"Small state. Big goals. One hope..."

Learn about our collective vision to create healthy communities,
opportunities for all, professional development, and equitable impact.

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Program Highlights

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In-Person and Online

Cohort Learning

Participate in a one week residency in beautiful Rhode Island followed by 9-months of online coursework in physical, mental, and behavioral health taught by experts in those fields.

Affordable Nine Month Program


Attend a high quality continuing studies program at a price that's within your reach.

Accessible Admissions

Fewer Barriers

No academic degree requirements and both credentialed and pre-credentialed interpreters are eligible to apply.

Community Oriented

Community Connections

Learn more about the program as part of a collective vision of healthcare transformation in Rhode Island.

Equity Focused

Focus on Social Justice and Equity

Participate in the nation's only sign language interpreting program that specializes in public health with a focus on addressing health disparities at the community level.

Earn Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education

Earn up to 12 CEUs from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Meets CCHI Requirements For Medical Certification Test


Participation in this program will fulfill the 40-hour training requirement to sit for the CCHI CORE CHI medical certification test.

Explore The Ocean State

The Ocean State

Come explore beautiful Rhode Island and see what makes the smallest state in the nation so unique.

Meet The Faculty

Faculty play a pivotal role in the delivery of a world-class learning experience. Faculty who are engaged and understand the complex challenges faced by interpreters working in public health settings can prepare practitioners to respond in ways that contribute to reducing health disparities within the Deaf community. Faculty also play a crucial role in creating and supporting a diverse workforce of interpreters. To foster an inclusive, welcoming culture for all students and staff members, it is essential to have an educator workforce that reflects the diversity of the students and communities we serve.

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Public Health and Equity Sign Language Interpreting Program

at Rhode Island College

To learn more, please contact:
Christine West
Program Specialist

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* The Deaf Community includes those who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and those with additional intersecting identities.