Public Libraries: Health Information in Multiple Languages

Spanish Language Resources

MedlinePlus en español
MedlinePlus en español is the Spanish-language version of MedlinePlus for consumer health information.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Spanish Health Information Portal
NIH provides health information from across its many institutes and offices in one place. In addition, the Ask Carla (Pregunta a Carla) feature invites users to ask questions and to add comments about finding health information. You can also visit the websites of individual NIH institutes, offices, and centers to find health information that might be offered in additional languages. en español
From the National Cancer Institute, a division of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Locate information on cancer for both health professionals, patients, and consumers in Spanish.

HIVinfo's Spanish-language page has information on clinical trials, drug database and general consumer health information in Spanish on AIDS.

MiBuscadorDeSalud is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other federal agencies, and coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and supported by the National Health Information Center. en español en español features extensive links to health, nutrition and safety websites from the federal government, many PDF documents in Spanish.

CDC en español
CDC en español from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Excellent coverage of public health topics such as vaccinations, flus and colds, pre-natal care, diabetes, obesity, etc.

World Health Organization - Organizacion Mundial de la Salud
World Health Organization offers Health topics pages provide links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programs and offices, along with links to related web sites and topics.

Office of Minority Health en español
Office of Minority Health operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information on funding, data/statistics, cultural competency, health topics and minority populations and is available in Spanish. & & from Nemours offers different pages for Parents, Kids, and Teens on health information topics relevant to each group.


Health Resources in Multiple Languages

MedlinePlus: Health Information in Multiple Languages
The Health Information in Multiple Languages page on MedlinePlus includes consumer health information resources, such as printable patient education handouts, in over 60 languages. You can browse these resources by either health topic or language.

Office of Refugee Resettlement
The Office of Refugee Resettlement provides health information relevant to refugee populations, including material on health promotion, insurance, emotional wellness, and services for survivors of torture.

EthnoMed contains information to help you provide culturally relevant health information and programming for a wide range of audiences. It covers topics such as immigration, specific cultural values and norms to be aware of, and information on common experiences that might affect attitudes toward Western medicine.

Centers for Disease Control
CDC Resources in Languages other than English provides information and materials available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website translated into other languages. Topics include emergency preparedness and response, diseases and conditions, data and statistics, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and populations, traveler's health, and workplace safety and health among others. The information comes in various formats available for sharing and downloading. All of the resources are free to print and share.  

iSpeak Cards
iSpeak cards, developed by the Washington State Coalition for Language Access, are tools to assist people in requesting the service of an interpreter. You can print these cards, which are available in over 30 languages, and make them available for community members to more easily receive interpretation services in health care settings. More language identification tools, I Speak Cards, and other resources are also available at to support language access services.

MedlinePlus Health Topics by Population

Office of Minority Health Population Profiles

NNLM Training on Multicultural and Multilingual Health Information

Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information 

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