Bilingual website "Taking Action for Our Health", developed for the Latino Community in the US

Taking Action for Our Health, a free interactive website in Spanish and English, which aims to further engage Latinos in their own health issues and empower them on the topic, was launched this month.

Although it offers a lot of material, the site is relatively easy to use. Visitors will note that there are four core programs that serve as a guide to help: 1. Know your risk factors for disease, 2. Take steps to get screened, 3. Monitor your progress, and 4. Share your results with your doctors, healthcare teams, or family and friends.

In another words, protect your health; learn, act, monitor your progress, and help others do the same, whether you recognize yourself as a wife or esposa, or a proactive grandmother (abuelita).

If not for the language, sometimes cultural barriers make it difficult to get medical care, wishing it was as easy as asking for "2 pounds of patience to get started".

"Historically, Latinos in the US have less access to health services and through Tomando Acción por Nuestra Salud/Taking Action for Our Health we want to start changing that by offering access to a resource that can help understand how these health risks impact everyone. Additionally, we know many Latinos face language barriers in health care; this tool allows users to choose the language they are most comfortable when discussing information about healthcare," said Laura Herrera Scott, vice president clinical strategy and product, Anthem, Inc. “We want to start a conversation about these health conditions and encourage people to access important health screenings and reduce the barriers that can contribute to health disparities."

Nearly 6 in 10 Latino adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do, they often turn to outside sources for help, according to a study conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Also, Latinos in the US utilize fewer preventive care services than other ethnic groups, with 30% reporting no health insurance before the implementation of the ACA in 2014.

"The National Hispanic Medical Association is excited to be part of this unique effort that has the potential to change the way Latinos look at preventive care. We know a tool like this was long due, and we are proud to be part of the initiative that brings it to life,” said Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP, President & CEO, NHMA. “Tomando Acción por Nuestra Salud/Taking Action for Our Health addresses the gaps created by inadequate access to quality health information and empower people to take control of their health."

To access Taking Action for Our Health visit: Taking Action for Our Health, a product of Anthem, Inc. Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope National Hispanic Medical Association, and Pfizer Inc.

 

Although it offers a lot of material, the site is relatively easy to use. Visitors will note that there are four core programs that serve as a guide to help: 1. Know your risk factors for disease, 2. Take steps to get screened, 3. Monitor your progress, and 4. Share your results with your doctors, healthcare teams, or family and friends.

In another words, protect your health; learn, act, monitor your progress, and help others do the same, whether you recognize yourself as a wife or esposa, or a proactive grandmother (abuelita).

If not for the language, sometimes cultural barriers make it difficult to get medical care, wishing it was as easy as asking for "2 pounds of patience to get started".

"Historically, Latinos in the US have less access to health services and through Tomando Acción por Nuestra Salud/Taking Action for Our Health we want to start changing that by offering access to a resource that can help understand how these health risks impact everyone. Additionally, we know many Latinos face language barriers in health care; this tool allows users to choose the language they are most comfortable when discussing information about healthcare," said Laura Herrera Scott, vice president clinical strategy and product, Anthem, Inc. “We want to start a conversation about these health conditions and encourage people to access important health screenings and reduce the barriers that can contribute to health disparities."

Nearly 6 in 10 Latino adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do, they often turn to outside sources for help, according to a study conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Also, Latinos in the US utilize fewer preventive care services than other ethnic groups, with 30% reporting no health insurance before the implementation of the ACA in 2014.

"The National Hispanic Medical Association is excited to be part of this unique effort that has the potential to change the way Latinos look at preventive care. We know a tool like this was long due, and we are proud to be part of the initiative that brings it to life,” said Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP, President & CEO, NHMA. “Tomando Acción por Nuestra Salud/Taking Action for Our Health addresses the gaps created by inadequate access to quality health information and empower people to take control of their health."

To access Taking Action for Our Health visit: Taking Action for Our Health, a product of Anthem, Inc. Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope National Hispanic Medical Association, and Pfizer Inc.