AHRQ launches monthly health advice column and enhanced Web site in Spanish
Research Activities, September 2009
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently launched Consejos de Salud Para Tí (Health Advice for You), a new monthly online health advice column for Spanish-speaking consumers. The column provides evidence-based tips on preventive health, safe and appropriate use of medications and other medical therapies, ways to get better health care, and other key health care issues. The column is part of AHRQ's Información en Español Web site (http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/espanoix.htm), which has been enhanced and now includes audio and video in Spanish on a wide range of health care issues.
The inaugural advice column, by AHRQ physician Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez, M.D., focuses on preventive health practices and screening tests for men that are recommended by the AHRQ-supported U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez, who also provides consumer health advice monthly on the Univisión Television Network's Despierta América morning news show, received her medical degree from the National University of Nicaragua, a clinical genetics degree at the University of Chile, and a Master of Public Health degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has practiced medicine and public health in her native Nicaragua, the United States, Chile, and Mexico.
AHRQ's enhanced Spanish-language Web site includes more than 35 consumer guides on health care quality, surgery, health conditions and diseases, quitting smoking, safe use of medicines, understanding health insurance options, and prevention and wellness. The 30- and 60-second audio spots on the Web site focus on comparisons of pills for type 2 diabetes, pain medicines for osteoarthritis, tips for preventing blood clots, safe and effective use of blood thinner pills, tips for quitting smoking, preventive health, and more. The Web site also features "Superhéroes," a national public service campaign developed in partnership with the Ad Council to encourage Hispanics to become more involved in their health care.