Spanish Language Resources

CHAMPS has developed this listing of online resources to support Region VIII CHCs in treating and supporting their patients who are Spanish speaking.

Please click or scroll down for:
Spanish Language Classes and Tutorials
Online Spanish Language Learning Tools
Affordable Care Act & Outreach and Enrollment Spanish Language Resources
Medical Reference, Translation, and Interpretation Products and Services
Spanish Language Patient Education Tools
Disease/Condition Specific Patient Education Handouts


Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) & Denver Medical Society (DMS)
Four-day intensive course, usuallly offered annually in the spring, consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, cross-cultural discussions and daily practice that allows for an experience of immersion learning which is extremely suitable for those who need to use new language skills immediately with Spanish-speaking patients
CHAMPS Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals

Cross Cultural Health Care Program
Cultural competency trainings, interpreter trainings, and research projects
Current Events and Initiatives

Medical Spanish Academy
Four hours of classes including three hours of general Spanish followed by one hour of Medical Spanish or an intensive course for students with a minimum language skill level of intermediate in Costa Rica
Medical Spanish Programs

One-on-one online self-scheduled, individually paced medical and conversational Spanish tutorials with an online tutor
Personal Online Medical Spanish Tutor

Rios Associates
Intensive medical Spanish training in the US and Mexico for all levels
Medical Spanish Courses and Webinars


Easy to use translator, verb conjugator, medical dictionary, workbook with exercises, and learning tools such as medical Spanish podcast lessons and audio files of patient interviews in Spanish
Medical Spanish for Health Professionals
Learning resources with medical vocabulary, labeled illustrations, patient teaching aids, medical English-Spanish dictionary, and online classes for clinicians and health center staff
Learning Resources

Medical Spanish Podcasts
Multilevel grammar and vocabulary podcasts that you can listen to on your computer or download to your iPod
Medical Spanish and Spanish Grammar Review
Self paced, online medical Spanish classes
Learn Spanish
Review the basics of Spanish (accents, vowels, pronunciation) or improve your intermediate Spanish with weekly medical Spanish dialogues, vocabulary, and phrases
Medical Spanish for Health Care Providers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Toolkkit includes an Information Brief, Discussion Guide, Planning Guide, and Newsletter, in both English and Spanish, that help health professionals create conversations about mental health that break down misperceptions and promote recovery
Community Conversations About Mental Health Toolkit (Diálogos comunitarios acerca de la salud mental)

Yale University
Online, self-paced or distance learning intermediate-level Spanish language program for health professionals
¡A su salud! Spanish for health professionals


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website in Spanish

Enroll America
Document that describes how millions of people in the US speak a language other than English at home and the importance of creating outreach material that is clear and easy to read and understand
Translations that Hit the Mark 

Document that describes best practices for writing and designing websites, applications, instructions, and marketing materials that are clear, easy to read and understand, and that make it easier for people to enroll
An Introduction to Health Literacy and Enrollment 


Reference Materials

Reference Pocket Cards Available through CHAMPS:

  • Borm Bruckmeier Medical Spanish Pocket Card Set: This professionally created pocket card provides medical terms, common questions, body parts, greetings, and exam terminology in English and Spanish, and more. The pocket card set is produced by Borm Bruckmeier Publishing and includes two bound, double-sided, 3.75″ x 7.25″ inch cards with a slick, damage resistant surface.
  • CHAMPS Prescribing in Spanish Pocket Card: CHAMPS created this 4″ x 8.25″ Prescribing in Spanish pocket card as a stand alone tool or a supplement to Medical Spanish Pocket Card Set. This single-sided card provides phrases in English and Spanish related to prescribing medications, such as how tos, frequencies, cautions and warnings.
  • Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center (GSAHEC) Dental Spanish Card: This quick reference card presents basic dental health information and terminology in Spanish and English. It also includes appropriate questions for patients, making it ideal for dental care providers.

Click HERE for more details about these pocket cards including ordering instructions.

Translated Medical Forms and Documents

Health Information Translations
Fact sheets and signage presented in English with Spanish translation for many diseases, conditions, instructions, and diagnostic tests
Translated Fact Sheets and Signage

Massachusetts General Hospital
American Hospital Association (AHA) award winning free, printable, point-to-talk booklets with translated words used during a doctor’s visit
Point-To-Talk Booklets


Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ)
Illustrated patient educational pamphlets in Spanish or English with corresponding clinician guides on health topics including mental health; muscle, bone, and joint conditions; diabetes; cardiovascular health; and more
Patient Guides from the Effective Healthcare Program

Spanish Encyclopedias/Glossary

Medical encyclopedia providing information on various health topics, and additional resources, multimedia materials, and research for all health topics
Trusted Health Information for You – English
Trusted Health Information for You – Spanish

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Encyclopedia of health subjects, frequently asked questions, and resources for clinicians and patients
My Healthfinder – English
My Healthfinder – Spanish

Downloadable Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) in Spanish for providers or health plans to give to patients regarding the HIPAA Privacy Rule
Model Notices of Privacy Practices

University of Texas, School of Public Health
English/Spanish Glossary for occupational and environmental health
English/Spanish Glossary


Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS)
Patient education materials, most available in English and Spanish, addressing a wide variety of clinical topics
Patient Education Handouts

Please click or scroll down for:
Cardiovascular Health
Physical and Substance Abuse
General Health
Oral Health
Respiratory Health
Reproductive Health


National Instistutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging
Series of free Spanish-language brochures on various topics around aging for clinicians who work with Hispanic elders
Health & Aging


Arthritis Foundation
Information for patients with arthritis including audio from the Arthritis Walk


American Cancer Society (Spanish Only)
Glossary of definitions and information for patients about cancer
Otros Temas

National Cancer Institute (Spanish Only)
Information in Spanish on different types of cancer and resources for cancer patients
Cáncer en Español


Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ)
Patient guide on stable coronary heart disease in Spanish (also available in English)
Guía para pacientes que están en tratamiento de una cardiopatía coronaria estable

Patient guide comparing two types of blood pressure pills: ACEI and ARBs
Guía para pacientes que están en tratamiento de una cardiopatía coronaria estable

Patient guide on renal artery stenosis treatments in Spanish (also available in English)
Tratamientos para la estenosis de la arteria renal: Guía para el consumidor

Patient guide on high cholesterol treatments in Spanish (also available in English)
Tratamientos para el colesterol alto: Guía para adultos

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Printable, bilingual flip chart booklet with color illustrations
Your Heart, Your Life: Picture Card

National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute: Latino Cardiovascular Resources
Print or order free bilingual booklets, health recipes, and workbooks on cardiovascular health
Education Materials for Patients


Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ)
Adult patient guide on premixed insulin for type 2 Diabetes
Insulina premezclada para la diabetes tipo 2: Guía para adultos

Three-episode Spanish language videonovela that provides information about type 2 diabetes managment by following the story of the Jimenez family
Aprende a Vivir (Learn to Live)

A patient guide on gestational diabetes in Spanish (also available in English)
Diabetes gestacional: Guía para la mujer embarazada

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Spanish Only)
Order or print free brochures, posters, post cards, and fact sheets for people with diabetes
Spanish Language Diabetes Publications

Learning About Diabetes
Free printable booklets, handouts, visual aids, picture stories, and comics, in English and Spanish, about diabetes
Free Patient Downloads

National Diabetes Education Program
Free, printable, patient education publications for people with diabetes in English and Spanish
Translated Publications on Diabetes


HHS (Spanish Only)
Printable information for patients on drug, alcohol, and physical abuse
Knowledge Application Program


Éxito en el Norte (Spanish Only)
Video learning tools that focus on various issues including accessing healthcare, dealing with immigration, housing, finances, and employment

Health information for the whole family in English and Spanish
Conditions A-Z – English
Conditions A-Z – Spanish

Healthy Roads Media (Spanish Only)
Downloadable text, web page video, mobile video (for your iPod) and information on various health topics

HHS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Spanish Only)
Information for patients about general health topics such as quality of care, health conditions, quitting smoking, prevention, wellness, and more
Información en español

HHS, Food and Drug Administration
Order or print free, full color, pamphlets on women’s health in Spanish (with English descriptions)
Consumer Information for Women – Printable

HHS, Womenshealth (Spanish Only)
Information, publications, and printable resources in Spanish
Información A-Z

Medline Plus (Spanish Only)
Easy reading materials on numerous health topics
Información de salud para usted from A – Z

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Spanish Only)
Printable information on complementary and alternative medicine
What is CAM?

National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (Spanish Only)
Order free brochures in Spanish on deafness issues and information as well as other communication disorders
Información en español


American Dental Association
Information, in English and Spanish, on oral health which includes quick tips and videos
Oral Health – English
Oral Health – Spanish

CDC (Spanish Only)
Printable information, hand outs, and posters on dental health
Salud Dental

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Print or order free brochures, in English and Spanish, on many oral health issues
Oral Health – English
Oral Health – Spanish


Children’s Health Fund
Free, printable, culturally relevant health education brochures, lesson plans, and parent’s guide suitable for children and families of all backgrounds
Healthy Basics

Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
Website that addresses Spanish-speaking parents’ needs and concerns such as, Why do kids need vaccines? Are they safe? and Where can I get my child vaccinated? and includes a “How Vaccines Work” video in Spanish

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Online
Printable, free pediatric symptom checklist to assist communications between the health provider and the patient
Pediatric Symptom Checklist


Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ)
A patient and clinician research summary on recombinant human growth hormone treatment for cystic fibrosis
Hormona del crecimiento humano para los niños con fibrosis quística 

Centers for Disease Control
Free communication kit to promote awareness of the effects from in-house secondhand smoke
Smoking and Tobacco Use

ETR Associates
Order pamphlets, booklets, or workbooks, in English and Spanish, addressing issues with tobacco use
Tobacco pamphlets


Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ)
A patient guide on inducing labor for pregnant women in Spanish (also available in English)
¿Está pensando que le induzcan el parto?: Guía para la mujer embarazada

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Free, printable brochures and fact sheets about contraception and reproductive health in English and Spanish
Patient Resources

Planned Parenthood en Español (Spanish Only)
Information on sexual and reproductive health in Spanish
Temas de Salud