According to the US Census Bureau 22% of people in the US 5 years or older speak a language other than English at home and 8.2% speak English “less than very well”. In the Northeast, those percentages are slightly higher than the national average at 23.7% and 9.4% respectively.
But what does that have to do with health? And how can we support these individuals and communities find linguistically appropriate, quality health information?
What does language access have to do with health outcomes and health disparities?
What is Health Literacy? “Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Healthy People
How can we support our communities with linguistically appropriate health information?
MedlinePlus has translated health information in a wide array of languages on many of the health topics. There are several ways to find translated health information on MedlinePlus:
Resources from partners:
Looking to learn more about how you can serve LEP populations? NNLM has two versions of a training, From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information