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New Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have published new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines, which encourage health professionals to treat obesity as a disease and to promote overall healthy diets to their patients.  From the American Heart Association, “[a]nd they give doctors the first-ever formulas to calculate heart and stroke risk specifically for African-Americans – who face disproportionate risks for these diseases.”

Overview of the guidelines:

Read guidelines:

Affordable Care Act Resources for Refugees

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Right now, many refugees get short-term health insurance called Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA). It is available for up to eight months. Some refugees may be eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which is available for several years. Thanks to the health care law, the health insurance landscape for refugees and other Americans is changing for the better in 2014. Many refugees, who could only get eight months of insurance through RMA, will be able to get ongoing health insurance through the Marketplace.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has developed YouTube videos and a fact sheet to help with outreach and enrollment activities. The six-minute video introduces the Health Insurance Marketplace to refugees and is available in six languages: English, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Sgaw Karen, and Somali. The fact sheet explains immigration statuses that qualify for Marketplace coverage including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.

Office of Refugee Resettlement: Health Insurance: The Affordable Care Act:

National Cancer Institute Launches New Quit Smoking Website in Spanish

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Roughly 5 million Hispanic Americans smoke, and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Hispanic men and second leading cause among Hispanic women. To address this important public health issue, the National Cancer Institute developed Smokefree Español, a website created specifically for Spanish speakers who want to quit smoking or know someone who does. Resources include interactive checklists and quizzes, advice on how to help a loved one quit, and real-time support and information through Twitter and Pinterest.

Smokefree Español:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The Refugee Health Information Network has multilingual resources for providers and patients on recognizing signs of domestic violence.

No one has the right to hurt you “defines domestic violence and provides safety information to immigrant women who may be subject to domestic violence. Using a question-and-answer format, it provides instructions for how to get out of a domestic violence situation and where to go for help.”:

Domestic Violence Hurts the Whole Family is a short, multilingual video from Healthy Roads Media:

Ethnomed provides guidance to providers on screening for domestic violence among women who are non-English speaking or from another culture:

Latinos in Recovery Video

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The National Hispanic & Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center,,  has released a new short video, “Latinos … Recovery is possible.” The video, which is closed captioned, contains valuable information to assist behavioral health service providers in treating Hispanic and Latino populations: The Center is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is charged with using technology to implement evidence based practice in the addiction treatment field.

Spanish-Language Health Resources Knowledge Path

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Georgetown University’s Maternal & Child Health Library recently released a new knowledge path, Spanish-Language Health Resources. The knowledge path directs readers to resources in Spanish about health promotion, medical conditions, diseases, treatments, health insurance, access to care, and life stages and populations. Contents include health hotlines and helplines with Spanish-speaking operators, websites in Spanish or that include Spanish-language materials, and databases to locate additional Spanish-language health resources. View the knowledge path at:

National Parkinson Foundation Launches Spanish and Low Health Literacy Versions of Free Hospitalization Kit

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The National Parkinson Foundation, partnering with five Centers of Excellence, has announced a new initiative to protect, prepare and empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) during hospital stays, where they face greater risk. The Foundation will provide free hospitalization kits in a low health literacy version and a Spanish language version. The new kits will include: a guide to prepare the PD patient for a planned or an emergency hospital visit, a medical alert card and a medication form to fill out and share with hospital staff.

Be Ready Infographics from the CDC

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control has created a series of handouts to assist in preparing your home for disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and winter weather.  Each infographic shows a typical house and ways to prepare every room, vehicle and person for a potential emergency. The infographics can be printed or shared via social media and are available in English and Spanish.

Be Ready! Infographics:

Training Promotores de Salud in HIV Prevention in Rural Latino communities: A Train-the-Trainer Curriculum (Spanish)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Promotores de salud, or community health workers, are a proven mechanism to reach Latinos in rural areas. Poder Sano has developed a comprehensive Spanish-language train-the-trainer curriculum for individuals interested in training promotores de salud in HIV prevention. The curriculum is based on popular education techniques, and is culturally competent and linguistically sensitive.

The curriculum consists of five modules: The Role of Promotores, Sex and Sexuality, HIV/AIDS Prevention, HIV Testing and Treatment and Best Practices for Outreach. A unique feature of this curriculum is that in addition to the five core modules, it contains extra booster sessions to support promotores de salud in their continued learning and self-reflection. The curriculum also contains in-depth background information for the trainer.

Training Promotores de Salud in HIV Prevention in Rural Latino communities: A Train-the-Trainer Curriculum (Spanish):

Interactive Census Map: Languages Spoken in America

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The United States Census Bureau has released a new interactive map showing the concentration of 15 languages spoken in the home. The map has data from the American Community Survey 2007-2011.

From the Census Bureau:

“‘This map makes it easy for anyone to plan language services in their community,’ said Nancy Potok, the Census Bureau’s acting director. ‘Businesses can tailor communications to meet their customers’ needs. Emergency responders can use it to be sure they communicate with people who need help. Schools and libraries can offer courses to improve English proficiency and offer materials written in other languages.’

The languages available in the interactive map include Spanish, French, French Creole, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian, Polish, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Arabic. After selecting one of these languages from the menu, users will see a national population density map, with each dot representing about 100 people who speak the language at home placed where these speakers are concentrated. The map also allows users to zoom in to a smaller geographic area, where each dot represents 10 people. The dots were placed in a random location within census tracts to protect the confidentiality of speakers.”

Access the map and learn more: