The American Cancer Society’s national helpline has English- and Spanish-speaking staff and offers interpreter services to patients who speak other languages. The national Web site is in both Spanish and English and provides downloadable patient education materials in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and English and some materials in several other Asian and Pacific Islander languages as well. The Asian and Pacific islander Cancer Education Materials Toolkit is a good place to start.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s national helpline also has English- and Spanish-speaking staff and offers interpreter services in most other languages. The Web site is available in Spanish and English and provides downloadable patient education materials in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and English.
The Web site for the Border Health Information and Education Network (¡Bien!) provides an extensive range of Spanish-language health resources for health professionals and consumers on a wide range of topics, including asthma, alcoholism, cancer, and much more. Many publications can be downloaded in Spanish directly from this site. ¡Bien! is maintained by the Border Epidemiology and Environmental Health Center and the New Mexico Outreach Office of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission.
The Web site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Centros Para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades is in Spanish and English and offers health education and updates on a wide range of topics, including HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, hepatitis, avian flu, other flu, genetics, drug and alcohol abuse, and child health. The CDC also provides phone assistance in English and Spanish.
The SPIRAL Web site offers patient education materials on health topics in several languages, including Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Hmong, Laotian, Thai and Vietnamese. One strength of the site is its Web links, which help physicians and patients find additional resources across the Web. The SPIRAL site also allows users to search by language, locating all materials in a given language. SPIRAL is a joint initiative of the Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library and South Cove Community Health Center in Boston.