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Health Literacy

Culture, Communication, and Ethics in Healthcare

Non-English Resources

Non-English Resources

Colorectal Cancer Screening - An Informational Video for Nepali Speaking Patients

This 8-minute video describes the two most common procedures for colorectal cancer screening: fecal occult blood testing and colonoscopy. It is presented entirely in Nepali.

Culture Clues(tm) (University of Washington) Tip sheets for clinicians interacting with patients from diverse cultures (induding end of life) for Albanian, Chinese, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latino, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese
Ethnomed--cultural profiles Cultural profiles and patient education handouts for the following: Cambodian, Chin, Chinese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Iraqi, Karen, Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, Oromo, Somali, Somali Bantu, Tigrean, Vietnamese, other cultures
Global Health Media

Access to videos on basic health care information for resource-poor areas.

Health Information in Multiple Languages

High quality information from MedlinePlus and the NIH in multiple languages:(Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, American Sign Language, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Chamorro, Chinese, Chuukese, Croatian, Farsi, French, German, Gujarathi, Haitian, Hindi, Hmong, Ilocano, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Kirunki, Korean, Kurdish, Laotian, Marshallese, Navajo, Oromo, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese).

Health information translations Health education resources in multiple languages for health care providers and patients including American Sign Language, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Multilingual, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Ukranian, Vietnamese
HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages

HealthReach is a national collaborative partnership that has created a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.


Healthy Roads Media Free Handouts

Healthy Roads Media provides a number of free handouts on various health topics in multiple languages for educational purposes.

Hesperian Health Guides

Information about health, behavior, and development for providers and educators educators (Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Aymara, Azeri, Bahasa, Bambara, Bangla, Bengali, Bicol, Braille, Bunyore, Burmese, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese, Creole, Croatian, Dari, English, Espanol Spanish, Esperanto, Farsi, Filipino, Fon, French, Fulfulde, Georgian, German, Gujarati, Haitian Kreyol, Hausa, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Iban, Igbo, Ilongo, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Jinghpaw, Kannada, Karakalpak, Khmer, Kirundi, Kiswhahili Swahili, Korean, Kreyol, Kurdish, Kwangali, Kyrgiz, Luganda, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malayalam, Malaysian, Malinke, Marathi, Marathi, Mayangna, Miskiti, Mon, Mongolian, Naga, Nepali, Oriya, Oshivambo, Pashto, Persian, Pidgin, Portuguese, Pular, Quechua, Romanian, Rukiga, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Shan, Shona, Shuar, Sindhi, Sinhala, Somali, Swahili, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tetum, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Tzotzil, Ukhrul, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu)

Kids Health from Nemours

Information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years (pediatrics) geared towards kids, teens, parents, and health care educators (English and Spanish)

Medication and other instructional handouts (intranet only) Lexi-Comp has easy-to-read handouts for both adult and pediatric/parent readers in over 19 languages, including: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese, Creole, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Vietnamese.

MedlinePlus.gov - Information and health tools in English and Spanish with easy to read options and videos.

Mental Health  Mental Health material compiled by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Personal Medicine List (Spanish)

Tool to help patients make a list of home medications and other health information(Spanish)

Reach Out and Read English and Spanish information about helping children develop good reading skiils.
Russian/English Phrase Chart To help with communication with patients who speak Russian
Spanish/English phrase chart To help with communication with patients who speak Spanish. Patients can point to words/pictures for symptoms, pain, comfort.
UVa Patient Education Repository Patient Handouts created at UVA for specific topics. English, Spanish, Russian. Also links to TV Programs, CD or DVDs, On-line links for handouts or videos, required teaching references.
UVa Spanish Toolkit

UVa Spanish Language Toolkit has simple medical conversational Spanish phrases with pronounciation guide. Can be used to supplement Interpreter to provide comfort and basic communication with patients and families.

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