(2018) | Looking for health information in other languages to share with the families you serve?
Health literacy refers to a person’s ability to understand the basic health information they need to make appropriate health decisions. Health care and health-related information in the United States are most frequently delivered in English, which means that patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) have poorer health literacy than their English-speaking counterparts, influencing multiple health outcomes. A valuable source of health information in other languages is the federal government, through its multiple agencies. The page we’ve linked below will lead you to many of those very agencies and the other-language materials they offer.
The page is courtesy of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, but you can readily see that it branches off to such federal agencies as:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- National Institutes of Health