Earlier this fall, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health launched a collaboration with the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) to release a bilingual health publication called Health Notes, or Notas de Salud.
Health Notes is a translated compilation of articles from the UC Berkeley Health & Wellness Publications, vetted by the School and published on the TCHS website. The articles will deliver the most up-to-date research on consumer health topics—from high blood pressure and diabetes to mental health and nutrition—to the U.S. Spanish-speaking community.
“Because of our ongoing look into consumer and employer health trends, we are uniquely qualified to identify topics that need further attention,” says Hector De La Torre, executive director of TCHS. According to the most recent TCHS Consumer Report, more than a quarter of Latinos say they are uninsured, while they are less likely to afford routine healthcare expenses and monthly insurance premiums than others in the United States.
The partnership between TCHS and the School gives this community access to information vetted by UC Berkeley’s network of researchers and physicians and published through the School’s Health & Wellness Publications. These publications started 35 years ago with the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter and have since grown to include multiple newsletters and annual white papers covering both preventative health and medical topics.
“We pride ourselves on the fact that the material we prepare for the provider community and the general public is trustworthy, impeccably researched and current,” says Dr. John Swartzberg, chair of the editorial board of the Health & Wellness Publications.
In recent years, Swartzberg and the Health & Wellness team have focused on widening the scale of this content’s readership. Many articles from The Wellness Letter and other publications frequently appear in the largest Mandarin-language newspaper in the United States, The World Journal. The partnership with TCHS represents another big step for the editorial board’s vision of dispersing this knowledge to populations who need it the most.
“Our partnership…enables us to build on this knowledge by providing timely, evidence-based prevention techniques and treatments for common medical conditions we know are top-of-mind,” says De La Torre. “We are excited to offer Health Notes as a free, bilingual resource for the public.”
By Austin Price