FDA, alliance work to improve health information access

FDA, alliance work to improve health information access

Did you know that among all Americans with high blood pressure, Mexican-Americans are less likely than whites or African-Americans to know that they have it? Or that one-third of Hispanics with diabetes are undiagnosed?

Those statistics, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, highlight the need to reinforce the commitment to improve consumer access to health information, especially to Hispanic communities, according to Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting FDA Commissioner.

Crawford and lane Delgado, Ph.D., president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, are working together to provide timely, accurate, and scientifically based health information to Hispanics to help them take active steps to prevent disease and stay healthy.

As part of that effort, the FDA and the Alliance are promoting National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2004. The outreach effort promotes two sources of consumer health information:

* The FDA web site at www.fda.gov/oc/Spanish/ provides a wealth of consumer-friendly health information in Spanish and English on topics ranging from medicine and children to mammograms and breast cancer.

* Su Familia, a toll-free National Hispanic Family Health Helpline, offers free, reliable and confidential health information in Spanish and English. The Helpline–(866) SU-FAMILIA (783-2645) operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Su Familia is a program of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and is made possible by support from HHS.

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