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My problem for today is to try and gather materials to support cultural
competency and patient education.  What I am finding -- PARTICULARLY in the
government publications -- is that the spanish language materials are
completely segregated into separate website. Why is this a problem?  Because
many of the HCPs that might best be able to pull these materials and review
them with patients cannot read the sites in Spanish and there is often no
clear correlation between what is on the English version of the site and what
is on the Spanish version. Items available on one are not necessarily
available on the other. Do others find this to be a significant problem?  I
have been trying to put links to both the English and Spanish but I really
doubt that HCPs will spend the time to look up what they want to tell the
patient on one site and then go to the other one to print the material. Often,
while there is a link to the Spanish version on the English page, there is no
corresponding link from the Spanish page to the English version. Here are some
examples:

http://www.mypyramid.gov/sp-index.html
http://www.cancer.gov/espanol/
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/spanish.htm

If anyone has any insights on how best to handle this, I'm all ears!


Linda Matula Schwartz, MDE
Information Specialist
Library Services
Lehigh Valley Health Network
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