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Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information

Cultural Competency

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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
  • Consumer Health Information in Many Languages
    Multilingual online health resources, organized by specific languages, including glossaries
    National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Library of Medicine
  • 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 30 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
  • Patient Education Materials
    Database offering customizable handouts, videos, and other multimedia materials in multiple languages

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 Refugee and Immigrant Health
    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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