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This knowledge path links to Spanish-language health resources for health professionals to share with their patients who are Spanish-speaking.

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1. Health Hotlines and Helplines▼ Show

  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health: Helplines.
    Su Familia: The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline. Call for a referral to a health professional in your community or for information in Spanish and English on a wide range of health topics. Telephone: (866) SU-FAMILIA (783-2645) (English or Spanish).
    National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline. Call for a referral to local prenatal care services that provide care in English and Spanish. Call for culturally appropriate prenatal care information in English and Spanish. Telephone: (800) 504-7081 (English or Spanish).
  • National Library of Medicine: Health Hotlines. Information about health-related organizations that offer toll-free telephone services with Spanish-speaking operators. Find organizations by selecting Spanish speaking services and Start Search. Narrow your search by typing a topic under Any Word (e.g., asthma).

2. Websites: resources from 17 key websites▼ Show

  • KEY RESOURCE   MedlinePlus: Información de Salud para Usted. Links to consumer health information about medical conditions; diseases; wellness; medical treatments; and prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs, and supplements. Presents an online medical encyclopedia, interactive health tutorials, videos of surgical procedures, and health news. Non-Spanish-speaking health professionals looking for Spanish-language materials for their patients can click the "ESPAÑOL" button on an English-language MedlinePlus page to view its corresponding Spanish-language page. The topic page Hispanic American Health links to news, research, organizations, statistics, and other resources related to the health of Hispanic Americans.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)/Información en Español. Information for consumers about medical conditions and diseases, speaking with a doctor, patient safety, and quality of care. Presents research summaries for consumers about the benefits and risks of different treatments for different health conditions and Healthcare 411 en Español, an audio news programs that features evidence-based consumer health information.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians: FamilyDoctor.org/Información de Salud para Toda la Familia. Consumer information about diseases and medical conditions, health promotion, specific populations (e.g., pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents), over-the-counter and prescription medicines, health insurance and bills, end-of-life issues, self-care, and working with your doctor. Health tools include a symptom checker flowchart, a dictionary of medical terms, a body mass index calculator, immunization schedules, and a nutrient-deficiency questionnaire.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): HealthyChildren.org en Español. Information for consumers about developmental stages, healthy living, safety and prevention, family life, and health issues.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) en Español/Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades. Information for health professionals and consumers about diseases and conditions; healthy living; emergency preparedness and response; injury, violence, and safety; environmental health; workplace safety and health; and life stages and populations (e.g., pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents). Includes publications, podcasts, widgets, public service announcements, and public health campaigns. CDC also presents health and safety information via Spanish social media channels.
  • Children's Health Fund (CHF): Materiales de Educación para la Salud. Culturally relevant health-promotion materials for children, adolescents, parents, and other caregivers. Materials adhere to low-literacy writing and design conventions. Topics include nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, asthma, immunizations, pregnancy, self-esteem, anger, body changes, and hygiene.
  • HealthCare.gov/CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Information for families about public and private health insurance options and the rights, benefits, and choices provided by the Affordable Care Act. Includes an insurance finder, tools for assessing the quality of care provided by physicians and by various health care facilities, and a glossary of insurance terms.
  • Health Information Translations. Health-education materials that are written in English on one side and Spanish on the other. Includes some video and audio translations. Topics include diagnostic tests, disaster preparedness, diseases and medical conditions, exercise and rehabilitation, nutrition, health and wellness, home care, hospital signage, pain and comfort, pediatrics, pregnancy and infant care, safety, stress and coping, and surgeries and treatments.
  • Healthy Roads Media. Multilingual health-education information in written, audio, and video formats on a wide range of topics about diseases and conditions, violence and abuse, infant care, child health, oral health, emergencies, immunizations, injuries, medications, medical tests, mental health, nutrition, patient safety, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco use, and healthy living.
  • KidsHealth. Information in English and Spanish for parents, children, and adolescents on topics that include pregnancy and infant care, child and adolescent development, nutrition, physical activity, mental health and wellness, chronic illnesses and disabilities, medical and surgical conditions and treatments, school and family life, first aid, safety, and parenting.
  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) en Español. Information and tools for families, educators, and other professionals on disabilities and disability-related issues. Topics include developmental milestones, specific disabilities, early intervention, the special education process, and education and disability laws. (available through 9.30.14)
  • National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA): Krames Online. Consumer fact sheets and video clips in English and Spanish about diseases and conditions, diagnoses and treatments, prescription and over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, surgeries and procedures, and wellness and safety for people of all age groups.
  • Nutrition.gov en Español. Links to Spanish-language food and nutrition information and resources from federal agencies. Topics include dietary guidelines, weight management, nutrition to prevent and manage chronic illnesses, food safety, and federal nutrition-assistance programs.
  • Office of Minority (OMH)/Oficina de Salud de las Minorías. Information about health care access, cultural competence, health care rights, and health topics, such as cancer, diabetes, influenza, nutrition, violence prevention, and HIV/AIDS. Also includes a profile about the health of Hispanic Americans.
  • StopBullying.gov en Español. Resources for children, adolescents, parents, educators, and community advocates about bullying awareness, prevention, and intervention.
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Gateway: Bienvenido a en Español. Publications and resources on SIDS and other infant death with links to English versions when available.
  • womenshealth.gov: La Oficina para la Salud de la Mujer. Consumer information on a wide range of women's health topics including pregnancy, breastfeeding, nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and violence against women.
  • For additional websites, see the library's MCH Organizations Database. Go to section 5 (below) for search instructions on finding organizations that offer Spanish-language materials.

3. Fact Sheets, Brochures, and Other Electronic Resources: from the MCH Library's catalog▼ Show

  • To find Spanish-language materials on particular maternal and child health (MCH) topics, search the library's online catalog MCHLine®. Go to Advanced Search. Type "Spanish language materials" and your topic in the keyword field (e.g., "Spanish language materials" breastfeeding). Add a publication date range (e.g., 2008...2013). Click on Search MCHLine to get your results.

4. Additional Spanish-Language Health Materials▼ Show

5. Organizations: from the MCH Library's MCH Organizations Database▼ Show

  • To find organizations that offer Spanish-language materials on particular MCH-related topics, search the database. Type "Spanish language materials" and your topic in the keyword field (e.g., "Spanish language materials" immunization). Click on Search MCH Organizations to get your results.

6. MCH Library Guides on Related Topics▼ Show

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Spanish-Language Health Resources: Knowledge Path, 4th ed. (September 2013).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Contributors: Beth DeFrancis, M.L.S., MCH Library; Tracy Lopez, M.S.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Isabella Lorenzo-Hubert, M.Ed., Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.