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Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)

IPRC's Hispanic/Latino Portal to Online Health Resources

The bilingual Hispanic/Latino Portal is your gateway to online resources in English and Spanish on health topics, especially behavioral health, prevention, treatment, mental health, specific drugs of abuse, and research tools, as well as on cancer, diabetes, and HIV, relevant to Hispanic Americans. There are links to resources on cultural competency, health disparities, and acculturation. Topics include risk factors and protective factors related to health.

The collection includes online videos, YouTube videos, web sites, fact sheets, scholarly research articles, and web sites for children that are fun and promote cultural pride. Every resource is described in a summary abstract. Most abstracts are bilingual. The site is easy to use.

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (School of Public Health, IU-Bloomington) created the Hispanic/Latino Portal to support the needs of a growing and underserved Latino population and those who serve them. It is also useful for teachers and students of Spanish, adults and youth, including children of Hispanic heritage wanting to explore their cultural and ancestral roots. There is no comparable resource available on the web.

The Hispanic / Latino community is the largest minority (55.7 million or 17.6% of the total population) in the United States. The population of Latinos in Indiana, according to estimates in 2014 was approximately 443,564 or 6.8% of the total population. Many people of Latin American heritage face language and other barriers in access to health services. In Indianapolis and Carmel alone, over 86,900 persons ages 5 and older speak Spanish (US Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey. It is estimated that over 84,000 persons in Indiana speak only Spanish. This web site can serve them.

The target audience of this site includes people of Latin American heritage, people who work with this population such as health service providers and teachers, and those interested in the languages and cultures of Latin America such as students and program leaders. This website was created primarily for Indiana residents, but its usefulness extends beyond state boundaries.

For more information contact Barbara Seitz de Martinez at seitzb@indiana.edu.

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center is part of the Department of Applied Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Indiana University-Bloomington, 501 N. Morton St. Suite 110, www.drugs.indiana.edu. This project is funded with SAPT Block Grant dollars through a contract with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction.

By Barbara Seitz de Martinez, Ph.D. 10/10/2016