A key component of the Digital Government Strategy challenges us to be more customer-centric in our development of websites and use of technology. By designing and developing websites with the customer in mind, we better serve the American public.
Continuing their initiative to serve the public, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced all new Spanish language material for Million Hearts™.
Heart Health a Major Concern for US Hispanics
A recent survey found that high blood pressure among Hispanic/Latino groups is of particular concern. More than a quarter (26.1%) of Hispanics/Latinos reported having high blood pressure. Nearly a third (30.4%) with high blood pressure report they weren’t taking the medication that could reduce their risk for heart attack and stroke. Just 40.7% of Hispanics/Latinos said their blood pressure was under control.
Clearly there’s a need for heart health resources in Spanish. In response to this need, Million Hearts™--a national public-private partnership seeking to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017--released new educational resources tailored to help Hispanic/Latino individuals take control of their heart health.
Heart Health Resources in Spanish
The new educational resources provide action steps and tips:
- The “Four Steps for Heart Health” fact sheet encourages individuals to work with their health care team and focus on the Million Hearts "ABCS"—Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation—to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
- “How to Control Your Hypertension/Learning to Control Your Sodium Intake: a Fotonovela” includes multi-generational advice on getting high blood pressure control by reducing sodium and is designed to be integrated into community health programs.
- The Million Hearts website “En Español” offers guidance and tools for improving heart health, including a heart risk calculator, a journal to record blood pressure readings and track progress, and links to other resources.
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health guided the translation and development of materials, helping to ensure the cultural integrity of the content. This non-profit, science-based organization focuses on improving the health and well-being of Hispanics in the United States.
Visit the new Spanish version of Million Hearts™.