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June, 2007


Hispanic Health Program


                          CDC EN ESPAÑOL

WHAT IS THE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM?


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Lack of accessible, credible and up-to-date portals of health and safety information in Spanish.


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In a survey conducted by L.A. Care in 2000, 51% of doctors said that their patients do not adhere to medical treatments because of cultural and language barriers; 82% of physicians would make use of translated material if made available to them.


WHAT HAS CDC ACCOMPLISHED?

The CDC en Español website was released in 2000 and now contains over 1000 web pages on health prevention and safety. The website received almost 3 million requests in 2002, and its home page is in the top 100 visited at the CDC. A listserv, CDCSPAN, was created to allow subscribers to receive notices in Spanish of new health information and safety alerts. Currently, it has over 2743 subscribers from 39 countries. Approximately 54% of subscribers are from the U.S.
 

Example of program in action:
  In 2002, almost 2500 public inquiries were processed in Spanish; the number of listserv subscribers has almost tripled since the beginning of 2001; the amount of web pages in the CDC en Español website has increased from 200 to over 1000. The CDC en Español team has participated in over 8 conferences nationally and abroad to promote the website and its services, and has translated and certified almost 250,000 words.


WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

Since the release of CDC en Español, there has been increased interest for the provision of more information in Spanish. To satisfy this interest, and to comply with Language Access Plan (LAP)/Limited English Proficiency (LEP) efforts at HHS and CDC, more resources have been allocated to support CDC en Español. A multilingual services contract is being created to allow CDC staff to have information translated to dozens of the most spoken languages in the U.S. and the world.
 

For more information contact CDC en Español - OPS/IRMO-Information Center, Mailstop C04, 1600 Clifton Road., Atlanta, GA 30333: (404) 639-7258: spanish@cdc.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/spanish.


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