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Depression and Heart Disease

Monday, February 10th, 2014

From the National Institute of Mental Health:

“People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression than otherwise healthy people. Angina and heart attacks are closely linked with depression. Researchers are unsure exactly why this occurs. They do know that some symptoms of depression may reduce your overall physical and mental health, increasing your risk for heart disease or making symptoms of heart disease worse. Fatigue or feelings of worthlessness may cause you to ignore your medication plan and avoid treatment for heart disease. Having depression increases your risk of death after a heart attack.

Download the full brochure in English or Spanish:


Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has released a four-part video series, Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health! The goal of the video series is to educate Somali women refugees about a variety of health issues that can affect – and possibly save – their lives, including reproductive health, diet and exercise, cancer screening, prenatal care and pregnancy, and other health topics. These videos were developed in collaboration with Somali women’s health experts, women’s health advocates, and Somali refugee community organizations.

Somali Refugee Women: Learn About Your Health!

HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual Glossary Widget

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual Glossary provides linguistic support to individuals and organizations working with Spanish-speaking populations in the United States. The terms included here are commonly used in public health and HIV/AIDS prevention in the U.S. You can:

  • Find Spanish equivalents for English words and English equivalents for Spanish words;
  • Rate the translations provided;
  • Use the tag cloud to find commonly searched terms; and
  • Comment on how we can improve the glossary.

You can place the widget in your website by copying the code and it will allow your users to search the glossary in English and Spanish. The widget is approximately 141 pixels wide by 141 pixels high.

Access the widget and the code on the Office of Minority Health’s website:

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.