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Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information

Cultural Competency


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Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Online Translation Tools

  • Glossaries by Language
    Multiple languages and topics
    Language Automation, Inc.

  • Multilingual Glossary of Technical and Popular Medical Terms in Nine European Languages
    Searchable database of popular medical terms in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Danish
    Heymans Institute of Pharmacology, University of Ghent, Mercator College, Department of Applied Linguistics, Ghent, Belgium

  • Termium Plus
    The Government of Canada’s terminology and linguistic data bank, including terms from medicine and health fields in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
    Government of Canada

  • Unified Medical Dictionary
    A multilingual medical dictionary with terms in English and Arabic, as well as many terms also available in Farsi, French, German and Spanish
    World Health Organization

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Funding Opportunities


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Health Literacy


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Health Resources in Multiple Languages


General Information

Asian Resources

Cancer Resources

Dental Resources

Diabetes Resources

HIV/AIDS Resources

  • AIDSource: Specific Populations
    Resources tailored to specific populations; Page also available in Spanish
    National Library of Medicine

  • HIV/AIDS- Multiple Languages
    Links to resources related to HIV/AIDS in 10 languages
    MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

  • HIV/AIDS on HealthReach
    Patient and provider materials (document, video, audio) related to HIV/AIDS in multiple languages
    National Library of Medicine

  • InfoSIDA
    Information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research in Spanish
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service
    Resources about HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing, treatment, prevention and support in multiple languages

  • Translations
    Information for people living with HIV. Web site has translation resource for 21 languages
    NAM Publications

Mental Health Resources

  • Mental Health on HealthReach
    Patient and provider materials (document, video, audio) related to mental health in multiple languages
    National Library of Medicine

  • Mental Health Patient Education
    Patient education materials about topics related to mental health and illness, with resources in multiple languages

  • Multilingual Resources by Language
    Patient handouts and brochures related to mental health in 38 languages
    Transcultural Mental Health Centre

  • National Mental Health Strategy Resources
    Resources about specific mental disorders and general mental health information translated into multiple languages
    Mental Health in Multicultural Australia and National Mental Health Strategy (Commonwealth Government of Australia)

  • Translations Index
    Mental health information in 26 languages
    Royal College of Psychiatrists


  • 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 (PDF on AARP website)

  • Geriatric Patient Education
    Patient education materials on health issues affecting older adults

  • Seniors' Health - Multiple Languages
    Links to resources related to older adult health in 2 languages
    MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

  • Spanish Publications
    Spanish publications from the National Institute on Aging
    National Institute on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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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Multicultural Research

  • Health Equity Research Lab
    Mission is to generate innovative mental health services research that impacts policy, practice, and service delivery for multicultural populations

  • Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends
    Research related to Hispanic Americans in the US, including publications, topics of interest, interactive visualizations, data and resources
    Pew Research Center

  • Redes En Acción - National Latino Cancer Research Network
    National Cancer Institute-funded network of more than 2,000 community leaders, researchers, governmental officials and public advocates dedicated to fighting cancer among Latinos through research, training, and education
    Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio (Texas)

  • Resource Centers for Minority Research Aging
    A national initiative to improve the health of minority Americans through scholarship, better public health interventions, and by fostering and mentoring the next generation of minority scholars

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Organizations and Portals

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Health
    An information portal to the issues affecting the health and well-being of American Indians in the United States
    National Library of Medicine

  • Arctic Health
    An information portal to the issues affecting the health of our planet's northern-most inhabitants
    National Library of Medicine

  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
    Works to strengthen community-based organizations to achieve health equity for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the US

  • Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
    Community health organizations serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders

  • Indian Health Service
    Government agency responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
    Support for the inherent rights of indigenous people to achieve full and complete health and wellness
    Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, University of Washington

  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health
    Organization working with community based organizations and national partners to improve the quality of care and its availability to all, with a focus on Hispanics in the US

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Mission to lead scientific research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities
    National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • New Parents Network (NPN)
    Collection of multilingual, multimedia information reflective of individual communities' needs

  • Office of Minority Health
    Government agency dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • OMHRC Knowledge Center
    Database of publications related to minority health
    Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Population Groups on MedlinePlus
    Find health topics and resources related to special population groups
    MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine

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Refugee Health Portals

  • 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 Health Technical Assistance Center
    Provides tools, resources, and support for health and mental health providers in order to better meet the needs of refugees in resettlement

  • 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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