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COVID-19 Resources in Multiple Languages:

Iowa Multilingual COVID-19 Phone Line:  1-877-558-2609

The Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI) and Lutheran Services in Iowa, in partnership with 211, Polk County Health Department, and the Iowa Department of Public Health, have launched a new statewide COVID-19 hotline that will help expand access and capacity to individuals living in Iowa who are limited in English. 
Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a 24-hour voicemail
Please call 1-877-558-2609 and select your language from the menu to be connected to an operator and interpreter or to leave a message. Languages available include: 

Spanish, option 1 Karen, option 5 Nuer, option 9
Arabic, option 2 Karenni, option 5 Mabaan, option 9
Swahili, option 3 Nepali, option 6 Vietnamese, option 0
Kinyarwanda, option 3 Somali, option 7 Mandarin Chinese, option *
Kirundi/ Kinyamulenge, option 3 Tigrinya, option 8 Other Languages, option #
French, option 4 Kunama, option 8 English, option #
Burmese, option 5 Amharic, option 8  

 Translated flyers about the Phone Line are available in ArabicFrenchKinyamulengeKirundiMabanNepali, and Spanish. For a full list, please see the RACI Covid-19 response page here.  

General Health Information:

Executive Order 13166 mandates the provision of language-appropriate services to persons who are limited in their English proficiency (LEP). The purpose of this order is to improve access to federally conducted and assisted programs and activities for persons with limited English proficiency. The following websites offer health education materials in multiple languages:

  • CDC Resources in Languages Other than English: Contains information and materials available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website translated into other languages. Topics include emergency preparedness and response, diseases and conditions, data and statistics, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and populations, travelers’ health, and workplace safety and health among others.
  • Ethnomed: Provides background information on cultures and cultural competency, as well as patient education materials in multiple languages.
  • Healthreach: Contains multilingual health information, cultural guidance, and country condition reports. Health information is available in more than 80 languages and in multiple formats (print, audio, and video). Topics include, but are not limited to healthy pregnancy, oral health and dental care, sexually transmitted infections, bed bugs, tuberculosis, and more.
  • Immunization Action Coalition: Vaccine Information Statements
  • Minnesota Department of Health Translated Materials

 

Bureau of Immunization and Tuberculosis Brochures:

Childhood Immunization Pamphlet: ArabicBurmeseEnglish, Nepali, Swahili, Tigrinya   PDF

Adolescent Immunization Pamphlet: Arabic, Burmese, English, Nepali, Swahili, Tigrinya   PDF

Adult Immunization Pamphlet: Arabic, Burmese, English, Nepali, Swahili, Tigrinya   PDF

Influenza Immunization Pamphlet: ArabicBurmese, English, Nepali, Swahili, Tigrinya   PDF

Tuberculosis Pamphlet: ArabicBurmeseEnglishNepaliSpanishSwahiliTigrinya   PDF

Human papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Pamphlet: Arabic, Burmese, English, Nepali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya   PDF

 

Coverage to Care Prevention: 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services developed the From Coverage to Care (C2C) initiative to help individuals understand health coverage and connect to primary care and the preventive services. Preventive services resources are available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. To access these documents, visit C2C Prevention Resources

 

Seasonal Flu:

The CDC developed four seasonal flu documents designed to improve knowledge of seasonal flu in refugee populations. The documents use minimal text and visual cues to portray seasonal flu information for low literacy populations, and are available in native languages of refugee populations commonly resettled in the United States. To access these documents, visit CDC Immigrant and Refugee Resources. Visit CDC-INFO to order printed copies of these documents, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

 

Hepatitis B:

CDC Hepatitis B Info Sheets for African Immigrants – Multiple Languages  PDF

 

Opioid Misuse and Addiction:

The National Library of Medicine collaborated with Healthy Roads Media to produce a collection of materials that teach people about opioids and opioid misuse. The collection has 22 easy-to-read, English-language handouts, videos, and audio recordings. To access this resource, visit Healthreach Opioid Misuse and Addiction Resources.
 

Pelvic Exam and Pap Test:

The National Cancer Institute developed a four-panel brochure to educate women about what to expect during a pelvic exam and pap test. Audio versions are available in some languages. To access this resource, visit Healthreach Having a Pelvic Exam and Pap Test.

 

Suicide Prevention:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. To access the Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255.

The Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center Refugee Suicide Prevention Training Toolkit is designed to provide resources for Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) instructors who are interested in training refugee gatekeepers.

 

Youth Health: