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Two new Spanish-language videos show healthier lifestyles, one promoting family activities, such as a father showing his daughter he can dance, and another showing a family having a healthy foods taste test.
The videos aim to challenge children to engage in healthier lifestyles.
Both videos were made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
A new online Spanish-language videonovela, Aprende a vivir (Learn to Live), features messages to help diabetes patients compare their treatment options to find a regimen that works best for them.
The three-episode videonovela series, being distributed by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), tells the story of Don Felipe, who has type 2 diabetes and is head of the Jiménez family, and how he is having a problem learning to manage his disease.
Don Felipe, with the support of his family, comes to understand that he needs to speak with his health care team about his treatment options rather than skip his medication because of side effects.
Episode 3 will be released May 10, 2012.
Nearly 12% of Hispanics age 20 or older had been diagnosed with diabetes.
Find more in Spanish on diabetes here.
But how much do you know about your treatment options, including what side effects medications may cause and how to determine the best option for you?
If you don’t get the best possible information about all your treatment choices, you might not make an informed decision on which treatment is most appropriate for you. All of this couldn’t be truer for Hispanics who have to navigate a complex healthcare system in another language.
This is where a new campaign, “Toma las riendas” (“Take the reins”), comes in.
The Toma las riendas campaign, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), promotes factual, unbiased treatment information to help Spanish-speaking Hispanic patients and doctors work together to make informed healthcare decisions.
This information, from AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, is based on scientific research regarding treatment options, simplified into easy-to-understand guides. Someone with high blood pressure, for example, might have more than a dozen medicines from which to choose. Someone with heart disease might need to choose between having heart surgery or taking medicine to open a clogged artery. Patients face complicated choices: Which test will help most? Is surgery the best option? Which medical treatments work best for me? What are the risks and benefits? Toma las riendas information puts more control in the hands of patients when making these kinds of health care decisions.
Toma las riendas also gives doctors and health care team members information to help them stay up to date on the best available scientific evidence related to specific health topics such as treatments for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health and other conditions. This info helps health care providers compare the effectiveness of medications.
To get regularly updated information and engage in ongoing discussions about taking control of your health, visit the Facebook page. Spanish-language patient guides on heart and vascular system conditions, diabetes, cancer, bone and joint-related conditions, pregnancy, mental health, and digestive system ailments are available, for free, at http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/informacion-en-espanol/.
To order free printed copies, call 800-358-9295.
For other free Spanish-language tools, visit http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/espanoix.htm.
To help address health among Spanish-speaking Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has launched an easy-to-read Spanish-language website with vital health info and disease prevention tools based on scientific and medical research.
The website, healthfinder.gov en espanol, is an online health information resource designed for Spanish-speaking communities. Offering 46 different health topics from acupuncture to vaccinations, the site provides tools and information for people to be healthy and stay healthy.
Hispanics are the largest U.S. minority. Hispanics also lead the nation in childhood poverty—painting a grim picture when it comes to Hispanics and health.
Tools on the new site include:
- Tu guia de salud—A Spanish-language version of the Quick Guide to Healthy Living with info on more than 40 different health topics.
- miBuscador de salud—A free, personalized health and wellness info tool, where users enter age, sex, and pregnancy status to get customized health recommendations based on the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce and the Bright Futures Guidelines.
Additional features available at healthfinder.gov en espanol include “Recursos de salud,” “Noticias de salud,” and “Busca una clinica cerca de ti.”
A free, easy-to-read pamphlet that compares drugs for preventing heart attacks or strokes in people with stable coronary heart disease is one of six new Spanish-language publications from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that help patients compare treatments for common illnesses.
The publication, Guía para pacientes que están en tratamiento de una cardiopatía coronaria estable (“ACE Inhibitors” and “ARBs” to Protect Your Heart?—A Guide for Patients Being Treated for Stable Coronary Heart Disease), summarizes the benefits and risks of medications called ACE Inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme) and ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers). These medications help reduce blood pressure in patients who often take other heart-related medications such as aspirin, blood thinners, or cholesterol-lowering drugs.
“This new Spanish-language guide on heart medications is part of AHRQ’s ongoing effort to give Hispanics the knowledge they need to take a greater role in their health care,” said AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy.
The other new Spanish-language guides that compare treatment options for common illnesses are:
- Controle el dolor por una fractura de cadera (Managing Pain from a Broken Hip)
- Opciones para tratar el desgarro de los músculos y tendones del hombro (Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears)
- La depresión después de una lesión cerebral (Depression after Brain Injury)
- Conozca sobre la radioterapia en el cáncer de cabeza y cuello (Understanding Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer)
- Hormona del crecimiento humano para los niños con fibrosis quística (Human Growth Hormone for Children with Cystic Fibrosis)
Find these and AHRQ’s other Spanish publications here. To order printed copies, e-mail the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse or call (800) 358-9295. For other AHRQ Spanish-language consumer tools, go here.
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition), a national movement to promote a healthy weight for kids, provides parents and communities with many Spanish-language materials, such as tools, tracking sheets, training, and other information to encourage a healthy and physically active lifestyle.
Spanish-language resources include:
- Ayuda a tu familia a celebrar con comidas sabrosas y a mantener un peso saludable
- Bocadillos 100 Calorías o Menos
- Como las familias encuentran el equilibrio: Un manual para los padres de familia
If you’d like more info about We Can!, call toll-free at 1-866-35-WECAN.