Online Program

Translating the message: Ensuring quality spanish-language oral health information

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Matilde Gonzalez-Flores, MPH, Office of Communications and Health Education, NIH/NIDCR, Bethesda, MD
Translation is a critical step in the adaptation of oral health information for Latinos. This is particularly true for Latinos who are Spanish-language dominant. While translating oral health information is common practice, ensuring that the translation is scientifically accurate, of high-quality and successfully conveys key oral health messages in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner can pose a challenge. Critical elements of a quality Spanish-language translation process and team will be discussed by presenting examples from the NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Among the best practices that will be shared are how to approach oral health terms and concepts that are not easily conveyed in Spanish. The implications of quality Spanish-language translations for health education, outreach and research efforts will also be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the translation and adaptation process for communication and outreach in Latino oral health prevention and promotion efforts Describe the translation team and their roles to ensure cultural and linguistic accuracy of oral health communication

Keyword(s): Oral Health Needs, Latino Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I’m a bi-lingual health educator in the Office of Communications and Health Education, NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, where I manage Spanish-language oral health information. I have an MPH with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences and a certificate in health disparities from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I’ve worked with Latinos and diverse populations leading health promotion efforts addressing cancer, preconception health, infant mortality and oral health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.