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October 23, 2015
Vol. LXVII, No. 22


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NIAMS Expands Efforts to Reach Diverse Communities

NIAMS recently launched a new Spanish-language web site that provides free health information on conditions of the bones, joints, muscles and skin.

“Many diseases in our scientific portfolio have profoundly negative effects among Hispanics/Latinos and other minority groups, in terms of prevalence and poor health outcomes,” said NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz. “We are committed to providing quality health information to all people, no matter what language they speak or what culture they identify with.”

Web site traffic to NIAMS’s Spanish-language content has grown at a rapid pace and now accounts for about 50 percent of its total web site traffic. To meet this high demand, the new site features quick and easy navigation tools to help Spanish-speaking individuals identify and locate NIAMS health topics. It also includes landing pages that provide all of the information offered on a given topic in one place. The web site, available at, also offers:

  • Improved access to NIAMS’s Spanish-language health information and related federal resources
  • Information on participating in clinical research studies
  • Responsive design that makes the site easier to read on mobile devices

NIAMS is committed to providing health information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate for diverse populations, including underserved racial and ethnic communities. The NIAMS Spanish-language materials are an integral component of the institute’s suite of health resources that are part of its National Multicultural Outreach Initiative, many of which are also available in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

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