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Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Have you’ve done anything to celebrate? To commemorate the month, let’s review some authoritative health resources aimed towards the Hispanic population. Feel free to share this information with your community partners all year round!

MedlinePlus: Información de salud para usted logoMedlinePlus en español – With the recent launch of its redesigned site, MedlinePlus offers more features and is easier to use than ever. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM), MedlinePlus has extensive information in English and Spanish, including drug information, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news. The site provides videos and health check tools for learning about health, and offers a growing collection of trustworthy materials in over 45 languages. The site brings together authoritative information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government agencies, and health-related organizations, making it the first choice for online health information for librarians and consumers.

Cover of the Fall 2009 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Salud featuring Don FranciscoNIH MedlinePlus Salud – This magazine provides reliable, up-to-date health information, the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research, and it features health challenges faced by people from all walks of life. It is produced by NIH, the National Library of Medicine, and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, in partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The magazine is written bilingually in English and Spanish and is available in both print and online versions.

infoSIDA – This site provides a wealth of information, including current treatments, prevention, and other consumer information for HIV infection and AIDS-related illnesses.

Tox Town en español – This interactive site uses multimedia to provide a fun and informative introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks encountered in everyday life, in everyday places.

Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ): Información en español – The AHRQ works to reduce health disparities by providing information to Spanish-speaking Americans about their health and health care. Spanish speakers can find information about health plans, quality of care, safety, quitting smoking, prevention and wellness, and many other timely topics. For example, Consejos de salud para tí (Health Advice for You) is a monthly online health advice column, and Superhéroes is a multimedia Spanish-language campaign that provides information for Hispanics to get the preventive health care tests they need.

Manual Merck de información médica para el hogar (Merck Manual of Home Medical Information) – This online Spanish version of the Merck Manual is a very useful consumer-level title from the publishers of the classic manual for medical professionals. Note also that the content of all of the Manuals is now available for free online, including content in several other languages as well. The enhanced online versions are continuously updated and offer unlimited use of any title.

Polyglot v3.0 – Multimedia Medical Spanish & English Translator – Polyglot is a free online multilingual Spanish-English medical translator dictionary. It includes common phrases and situations in medical settings as well as an audio component so users can hear the pronunciation.

¿No Comprende? Spanish Health Information Resources for English Speaking Librarians – This 4-hour class offered by Regional Medical Libraries provides resources to define the basics of health literacy and cultural competence; identify online resources for basic, medical, and internet Spanish vocabulary; pronounce the letters in the Spanish alphabet; describe criteria for evaluating health websites and evaluate online health information resources that are in Spanish; and identify reliable online Spanish health information resources.

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Editor’s Note: A number of these annotations and more can be found in the Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff, a collaborative project of the California State Library and NN/LM PSR.

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