Kamana Khadka, MPH (She, Her)
Founder & Trainer
Kamana’s experiences as a U.S. immigrant from Nepal, who migrated to the United States in her teenage years, have consistently led her to work that embraces diversity and fosters inclusion and equity. After launching her business in 2012, Kamana has trained over 3,500 professionals on Diversity and Inclusion and language access. As a trainer of Diversity, Inclusion, & Cultural Innovations in Health Care and Human Services and Nationally Certified Interpreter (Nepali<>English), Kamana is able to provide practical tools to help foster the needed understanding of not only familiar communities but also minorities and refugees. As a graduate of Development Project Management from Monterey Institute of International Studies, she has acquired skills in project management, strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation, and training of trainers, which complements her Master’s in Public Health and Bachelors in International Relations from Grand Canyon University.
Kamana works independently or in partnership with associates to provide the ideal mix of experience and skills for each client.
Her personal commitment and career goal is to contribute toward improving the quality of life in ethnically diverse communities.
“Our agency contracted with HAMRO America to facilitate training for our staff members and interpreters on the following topics:
- Introduction to Medical/Community Interpreter
- National Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
- Assessing interpreters
- Consecutive/Simultaneous Interpretation and Sight Translation
- How’s and Why’s of Working with Trained Interpreters
As this was the first formal training for our staff members who often act as interpreters, given their work as Case Managers, with clients from more than 20 different countries, this training was vital in their professional development with the organization. The interpreters who attended a training session also commented how beneficial it was for them and how it provided them with the tools and skills to enhance their daily interactions with our clients. We have since revamped our on-boarding and training for all interpreters who are working with our clients, as result of this training which was offered to all staff and interpreters. Thank you HAMRO America!”
- Tracy Outlaw, Resettlement Program Manager, Refugee Focus AKA Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
“Kamana and Hamro America provided an outstanding presentation at our 3rd annual Diversity Site Council Summit, a gathering of Mountain Park Health Center patients, employees, community members, and collaborative partners. Engaging a large group of stakeholders with very diverse interests and perspectives can be challenging to any presenter. Kamana provided an interactive, informative, and impactful presentation on creating culturally competent community partnerships that engaged and informed every participant, as evidenced by our evaluations. Her presentation also provided Mountain Park Health Center with some important and applicable feedback and ideas from our stakeholders. Kamana's expertise in the area of cultural competency, her integrity, follow through, and creativity always produces excellent results.”
- Essen Otu, Senior Director of Diversity & Community Affairs, Mountain Park Health Center
“This training was very insightful and informational. I learned the impact of social determinants and how micro/macro aggressions impact patient care and health.” -Workshop Participant
“Thumbs up training techniques.” - Workshop Participant
“Great facilitator. Stories and examples shared were interesting and kept the class flowing.” - Workshop Participant
“You were fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!” - Workshop Participant
“Thank you for letting the conversation dictate the training. It didn’t feel forced or rushed.” - Workshop Participant
“I appreciated the variety of modes of information delivery. Participant comments are helpful, relevant & help teach participants about each other.”- Workshop Participant
“You covered so much, really great conversation and topics.” - Workshop Participant
“Good overview, better than most.” - Workshop Participant
“Kamana is a proven partner and excellent resource for developing cultural competency within organizations and the community. As the Chair, Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Education Committee, I have engaged her to facilitate several customized member workshops on nontraditional subjects. Her unique perspectives, developed through her birth in Nepal and extensive travel throughout Asia and Africa, lead to highly-engaged audiences that may discuss subjects such as health care disparities, multi-cultural communications or resolving cultural "bumps". Her strong facilitation skills are a catalyst for great dialogue and increased understanding of the breadth of diversity and inclusion.”
-Diversity Leadership Alliance
“Kamana has a very unique way to explain subjects to attract attention by using examples.” - Workshop Participant
“Very informative training. Will apply them in daily situations.” - Workshop Participant
“I really liked it. We were able to speak up and have a voice without feeling scared” - Workshop Participant
“It has been my pleasure to have met and worked with Kamana. Her flexibility and extensive knowledge makes work with her a great experience. The trainings that I have been part of have been excellent and I would recommend her and Hamro America to anyone who is in need of Cultural and Interpreter assistance. Thank you Kamana!”
- Holly Figueroa, Cultural Competency Administrator & Tribal Services, Health Choice Integrated Care
“Kamana Khadka has been serving the Arizona community of translators, interpreters and linguists as a speaker and trainer. She has presented on numerous occasions at our workshops and annual conference and is highly regarded as a trainer's trainer. She presents on cultural awareness competency and has a multitude of topics in this regard. I highly recommend Kamana Khadka. She is professional, knowledgeable and reliable.”
- Arizona Translator and Interpreters Inc.
- Lucy Murrieta, Community Affairs, Outreach and Eligibility Director at Sunset Community Health Center
Are you looking for training in Equity, Inclusion & Diversity or Medical Interpretation? Do you need Nepali<>English translation? We can help.