Did you know that the 2010 U.S. Census results show that approximately 36% of the American population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some minority groups experience higher levels of preventable disease, death, and disability as compared to non-minority groups. Therefore, it’s important to realize that not all health information applies to all racial and ethnic groups. If you are looking for health information specific to a particular American minority group, or if you need health information in a language other than English, then look no further. There are some excellent free resources available on the internet for minority health information.
The following resources have easy to read, reliable information on health information specific to American minority groups including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, Native Alaskans, and Asian Americans.
The CDC’s African American Health website is geared more towards health professionals and the healthcare community, but it also offers useful statistics and infographics on health issues specific to African Americans.
Food and Drug Administration – Minority Health Resources
This website from the FDA has “culturally-appropriate” resources on minority health topics, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Chagas Disease, lupus, and more. Some of these are available in Spanish.
MedlinePlus, the free consumer health information website from the National Library of Medicine, has excellent information on a variety of populations written in easy to read language. The MedlinePlus list of population groups includes “African American Health,” “Asian American Health,” “Native American Health,” “Hispanic American Health,” and “Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health.” Some of these materials are available in other languages.
Office of Minority Health – Outreach Activities & Resources
The Office of Minority Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers health information outreach information on specific populations, including African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans. You can also find out what government activities are currently underway for outreach to these specific groups.
Office of Minority Health – Resource Center
The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is a great resource for minority health literature, information on minority community organizations and health professionals, and more. It is the largest repository in the country of health information specific to African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The website also contains consumer health information in over 35 languages.