Spanish-Language Health Resources
Professional Resource Guide
This professional resource guide links to Spanish-language health resources for health professionals to share with their patients who are Spanish-speaking.
1. Health Hotlines and Helplines
- National Alliance for Hispanic Health: 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 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 18 key websites
- 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.
- Catalyst Center: Recursos Para Familias en Español. Contact information for state organizations and consumer assistance programs that help families understand their health insurance options and help them get health insurance for children and youth with special health care needs.
- Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR): Recursos en Español. Resources about early intervention and special education. Topics range from accommodations to transition.
- 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 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.
- Smokefree Español. Information about the harmful effects of smoking on health, secondhand smoke, how to quit smoking, and ways to help someone who wants to quit.
- StopBullying.gov en Español. Resources for children, adolescents, parents, educators, and community advocates about bullying awareness, prevention, and intervention.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Recursos en Español. Information about getting help for mental health conditions and substance abuse. Links to publications about mental wellness, mental health conditions, and substance abuse.
- 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 Digital Library's catalog
- 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
- Search the following databases to access additional Spanish-language
health materials. The MCH Digital Library resource brief, Maternal
and Child Health Literature and Research Databases describes these
databases and offers tips for searching them.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
Health Education Resource Exchange (H.E.R.E.)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) Library
5. Organizations: from the MCH Digital Library's MCH Organizations Database
- 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 Digital Library Guides on Related Topics
- Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families professional resource guide
- Culturally Competent Services resource brief
- Health Literacy resource brief
- Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health professional resource guide, family resource brief
- Translation Toolkit for Health Professionals
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Spanish-Language Health Resources: Professional Resource Guide, 4th ed. (September
2013). (Updated: August 2014).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Contributors: Beth DeFrancis, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library; Tracy Lopez, M.S.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewers: Isabella Lorenzo-Hubert, M.Ed., Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.