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Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information

Cultural Competency

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  • Center for Multicultural Health
    Promotes the health and well-being of people in diverse communities

  • Cross Cultural Health Care Program
    Addresses broad cultural issues that impact the health of individuals and families

  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence
    Pathfinder page to guides and resources for improving health care delivery
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Cultural Competency
    Search results on cultural competency
    The Commonwealth Fund

  • Cultural Competency
    Link to resources on cultural competency
    Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency
    Web site with guides, national standards, policies, initiatives, laws, reports, and training tools
    Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Cultural competency in Health: A Guide for Policy, Partnerships and Participation
    Guide for policy makers and managers with culturally competent policy and planning for all levels of the health system
    National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government

  • Culture Clues™
    Tip sheets for clinicians to increase their awareness about concepts and preferences of patients from the diverse cultures
    University of Washington Medical Center

  • Culture, Language and Health Literacy
    Resources for health care providers to help address the unique culture, language, and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities
    Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Diverse Communities and Alzheimer's
    Resource on dementia for use by minority populations, including African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians
    Alzheimer's Association

  • Diversity and Cultural Competency in Health Care Settings (PDF, 324 KB)
    Introduction to cultural competency and a checklist to evaluate an organization’s cultural competency
    Mather LifeWays

  • Equity of Care
    List of resources, blogs, and newsletters about increasing cultural competency training and diversity in governance and leadership

  • Ethnicity, Culture and Alcohol
    Training module to familiarize people with literature that relates alcohol issues to race, ethnicity, and culture
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

  • EthnoMed
    Information about cultural beliefs and medical issues for the health care of recent immigrants
    Harborview Medical Center, University Of Washington

  • Health Equity
    Compilation of Web sites, reports, guidelines, and training tools
    The Joint Commission

  • National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
    Resources for culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems
    Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

  • A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care
    Self-directed training course for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. CME and CEU credits available
    Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • The Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture
    Assists health care organizations in providing culturally competent services
    Management Sciences for Health

  • The Rehabilitation Provider's Guide to Cultures of the Foreign-Born
    Thirteen-volume monograph series provides specific information on cultural perspectives of foreign-born people living in the United States
    Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange, University at Buffalo

  • State Minority Health Contacts
    Interactive map locating minority health points of contact in states and territories
    Office of Minority Health Resource Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Think Cultural Health
    Continuing education programs for nurses and physicians
    Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Online Translation Tools

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Health Literacy

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  • Health Literacy
    Information on health literacy
    National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Library of Medicine

  • Health Literacy
    Essential tools and free, online course on health literacy for health care professionals
    Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Health Literacy
    Compilation of Web sites, reports, guidelines, and training tools
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Health Literacy
    Web site with information and tools to improve health literacy and public health
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Health Literacy: Introduction
    Web site with introduction to health literacy, online books, and videos for communicating with patients. Customized resources for librarians and researchers
    University of North Carolina

  • Health Literacy Resource Center
    Health resources for a variety of cultural groups, including African American, Latino, and Asian
    California Health Literacy Initiative

  • Understanding Health Literacy and its Barriers
    Current Bibliographies in Medicine 2004-1
    National Library of Medicine

  • Quick Guide to Health Literacy (PDF, 456 KB)
    Guide designed to be quick and easy reference filled with facts, definitions, helpful tips, checklists, and resources
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Health Resources in Multiple Languages

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General Information

  • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Documents in Other Languages
    Resources in several languages
    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Facts for Families
    Health resources in English, Spanish, and Chinese
    American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Free Publications for Women
    Easy-to-read pamphlets, available multiple languages
    Office of Women's Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Health Information Translations
    Education resources for health care professionals in more than 18 languages
    The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, Mount Carmel Health System
  • Health on the Net Select
    Searchable database of medical and health queries. Available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese
    Health on the Net Foundation
  • Health Translations Directory
    Links to online multilingual resources produced in Australia
    Department of Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia
  • HealthReach
    HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. It is also an important resource for health professional as well as public health administrators.
    National Library of Medicine
  • Healthy Roads Media
    Health education materials in multiple languages and formats
    Healthy Roads Media
  • Healthy Sooner
    Patient information about endoscopic surgeries available in English, French, Polish, Spanish, and Vietnamese
    The Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
    Material available in English and French
    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Index of CMS Resources by Language (PDF, 3 MB)
    Index of resources available in multiple languages for infographics, key messages, public service announcements, and other publications
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Multilingual Fact Sheets
    Information about locating a family doctor or nurse practitioner in Canada. Available in 25 languages
    Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario, Canada
  • Multilingual Health and Safety Resource Guide
    Web-based worker training materials
    Labor Occupational Health Program, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California at Berkeley
  • Multilingual Health Information
    Links to health information Web sites that have multiple languages
    Stanford Health Library, Stanford University
  • Resources by Language
    Health topics available in 50 languages
    Multicultural Health Communication Service, New South Wales, Australia
  • Vaccine Information in Other Languages
    Vaccine information available in over 10 languages
    Immunization Action Coalition

Asian Resources

Cancer Resources

Dental Resources

  • Health Topics: Oral Health
    Dental information in multiple languages
    State of Queensland (Queensland Health), Australia
  • Oral Health Fact Sheets
    Fact sheets about oral health in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Hmong, and Vietnamese
    California Dental Association

HIV/AIDS Resources

Seniors

  • A Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities (PDF, 7 MB)
    This toolkit provides the Aging Network and its partners with replicable, easy-to-use methods for providing respectful, inclusive, and sensitive services for diverse communities
    Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Senior Health
    Information for seniors available in Spanish and Vietnamese
    MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

Women's Health Resources

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Health Information Interpretation and Translation

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Law, Policy, and Standards

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Limited English Proficiency

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  • Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with limited English proficiency. A Guide for Hospitals
    This guide focuses on how hospitals can better identify, report, monitor, and prevent medical errors in patients with limited English proficiency
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
    Web site on the implementation of Executive Order 13166, Title VI, and the Title VI regulations regarding language access. Clearinghouse regarding Limited English Proficiency and language services
    Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Limited English Proficiency
    Site acts as a clearinghouse by providing and linking to information, tools, and technical assistance regarding limited English proficiency and language services for federal agencies, recipients of federal funds, users of federal programs and federally assisted programs, and other stakeholders.

  • MedlinePlus Easy-to-Read Materials
    Easy-to-read health materials in English and Spanish
    MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

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Multicultural Research

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Organizations and Portals

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Refugee Health Portals

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  • HealthReach
    Formerly RHIN.org, the Refugee Health Information Network. HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. It is also an important resource for health professional as well as public health administrators.
    National Library of Medicine

  • Florida Refugee Health Program
    Provides health assessments and immunizations to refugees
    Florida Department of Health

  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
    Information on refugees, medical examination, health guidelines, and other resources
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Iowa Refugee Health Program
    Provides health assessments and immunizations to refugees
    Office of Multicultural Health, Iowa Department of Public Health

  • Massachusetts Office for Refugees & Immigrants
    Provides health assessments
    Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Minnesota Refugee Health
    Provides comprehensive screening examination and community-based health education
    Minnesota Department of Health

  • Office of Refugee Resettlement
    Provides funding and services to states, resettlement agencies, and many nonprofit, community-based entities to facilitate the resettlement of newly arriving refugees
    Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Refugee Portal
    Topics on family life, parenting, early childhood, the U.S. school system (K-12), children’s books, health, and mental health. Available in Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Somali, and Spanish
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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