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Non-English Consumer Health and Patient Education Resources

To find consumer health materials in non-English languages, search on language spoken as well as ethnic group, i.e., Cambodian (group) or Khmer (language). Where possible, search on both the English name and the name in the target language (if Roman alphabet) and use variations with and without accents and special characters: Spanish or Español or Espanol.

Web-Based Materials Multiple Languages/Topics
  • Department of Health & Human Services Foreign Language Web Sites - small number of U.S. government resources in a variety of languages.
  • EthnoMed - patient education resources; culture-specific pages: links to materials for target groups in their own languages; patient education section: materials on tuberculosis, diaper rash, fever, vomiting/diarrhea, cough/cold in Cambodian, English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese and more.
  • Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse - PDF files of information on many health topics in a variety of languages. Some of the content is state-specific.
  • MEDLINEplus - from the National Library of Medicine; search on "foreign language."
Specific Languages
  • Russian and other Central/Eastern European Languages
  • Spanish
  • The Rosetta Project - Archive of 1,000 languages searchable by language or country. See alternate names.
  • Immunization Action Coalition - print materials in other languages; languages include: Amharic (spoken in Ethiopia), Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian,Farsi (spoken in Iran), French, German, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog (spoken in the Philippines), Thai, Turkish, Tigrinya (spoken in Eritrea), Vietnamese. Topics: Immunization and Hepatitis B
  • Nutrition Education for New Americans - Four handouts from Georgia State University discuss the food pyramid, healthy eating for adults, children, and mothers with babies. PDF files in over 35 languages.
WCMC/NYP Resources
  • Patient Education Resources from NYP Infonet; approved NYWeill Fact Sheets includes a few in Chinese and Spanish in Word and PDF and PowerPoint formats