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Archive for the ‘Multilingual’ Category

¡A la Buena Salud! – To Good Health!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Vital Signs presents its first national study on Hispanic health. ¡A la Buena Salud! – To Good Health! covers the leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors and access to health services.

Ways to improve health include: existence of a medical home, using community health workers, and providing interpreter services. This resource features information for government agencies, health professionals, community health workers, and everyone!

MyPlate Broadens its Reach in 18 Additional Languages

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) announced the translation of the “ChooseMyPlate 10 Tips” resource and “MyPlate icon” from English into 18 additional languages. The Office of Minority Health, of the Department of Health and Human Services (OMH/HHS), and CNPP co-branded the translated tip sheet and are working together to promote these newly translated documents to ensure that individuals, nutrition and health professionals, and other community leaders have access to these helpful resources.

Asia and the Pacific Islands languages comprise a dozen of the translated versions of the Choose MyPlate Ten Tips: Chinese (Standard), Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Malaysian, Pashto, Tagalog-Filipino, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Additional translations also available include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

MyPlate in Multiple Languages:

New Multilingual Resource: Guide to Choosing a Hospital

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

HHS/CMS: New resource. Guide to Choosing a Hospital. This resource, available in both English and Spanish, provides information on how to find and compare hospitals, hospital quality, and information about Medicare and hospital stays.

National Certification for Bilingual Healthcare Providers

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN): Certification program. National Certification for Bilingual Healthcare Providers – Medical Spanish Exam & Medical Spanish Course. This exam assesses the ability for an individual to communicate directly with Hispanic patients in a clinical setting without the use of an interpreter.

Newborn Screening Clearinghouse

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Run by a cooperative agreement from the Genetic Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Baby’s First Test increases awareness, knowledge, and understanding of newborn screening for expectant and new parents, health professionals, industry representatives, and the public; connects state and regional public health groups; facilitates data and resource sharing; and responds to emerging technologies and corresponding public health challenges. Baby’s First Test houses the nation’s newborn screening clearinghouse, which provides current educational and family support and services information, materials, and resources about newborn screening at the local, state, and national levels and serves as the Clearinghouse for newborn screening information. Resources are available in English: and in Spanish:

May is Asthma Awareness Month and Asthma TwitterChat on May 5

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Asthma, a lung disease, affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including 1 in 12 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. The CDC has developed an Asthma Awareness Toolkit to take control of and raise awareness about asthma. Multilingual consumer health information and patient handouts about asthma are available on MedlinePlus.

Join experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on World Asthma Day (Tuesday, May 5) at 2:00 pm EDT for a TwitterChat about asthma, common asthma triggers, and how to create an asthma action plan. To join the conversation follow @CDCEnvironment and @EPAlive on Twitter and use the hashtag #AsthmaChat2015 in messages during the chat. No registration is required.

CDC Asthma Awareness Toolkit:
CDC Asthma Awareness TwitterChat:
MedlinePlus Health Topic: Asthma:

Study Finds No Link Between Limited English Proficiency and Increased Risk of Mortality

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

“Patients with limited English proficiency have known limitations accessing health care in the United States, including access to hospital care, but those limitations don’t appear to increase the risk of mortality, according to an AHRQ-funded study.”


Hines, A.L.; Andrews, R.M.; Moy, E.; Barrett, M.L.; Coffey, R.M. Disparities in Rates of Inpatient Mortality and Adverse Events: Race/Ethnicity and Language as Independent Contributors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 13017-13034.

The full-text article is available via Open Access:

Access to Healthcare for Migrant Farmworkers

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. – Provides a variety of resources about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare access that can be used by organizations helping migrant farmworkers get health insurance.  Available in both English and Spanish.

Colorectal Cancer: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. and MedlinePlus have resources for preventing colorectal cancer and encouraging people to get screened.

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Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus): (multiple languages available)

Diabetes and Pregnancy: multilingual resources

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

About 7 in 100 pregnant women in the United States will get gestational diabetes. Many other pregnant women have pre-existing diabetes. The American Public Health Association and MedlinePlus have resources for pregnant women at risk for who already have diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes: a risk during pregnancy (APHA): English/Spanish

Diabetes and Pregnancy (MedlinePlus): English/Spanish/13 other languages