After The Injury en español: Reaching Spanish-speaking Parents

May 29, 2014

According to 2012 US Census figures, 53 million people of Latino heritage live in the United States and 74 percent speak Spanish at home, by far the largest language (other than English) in US households. More than 4 million Latino households include children under age 18, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2012 nearly 1 million Latino children received Emergency Department or inpatient hospital care for injury. 

We also know that a growing number of Spanish-speaking families in the US are looking for information online about health and their children. Recognizing this enormous need, the CIRP@CHOP team, in collaboration with the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, just launched www.AfterTheInjury.org/es, our newest Spanish language tool.

This Spanish-language website fills a gap for families after an injury. All too often, medical care is brief, and parents may have questions later and not know where to turn. With some helpful information based on years of research, parents can prevent their child’s early traumatic stress reactions from becoming persistent symptoms.

We created AfterTheInjury.org so that parents can understand their child’s reactions to injury and to learn what to do to help promote a healthy recovery. With all the doctors, nurses, and therapists involved in treating an injury, parents are most important in helping their child recover, both physically and emotionally.

Drawing from the latest research and best practices, the AfterTheInjury site allows parents to view brief videos, download tip sheets, and create a personalized Care Plan for their child. After conducting two evaluation studies, we found that AfterTheInjury.org was effective in helping parents know what to look for in their child’s post-injury emotional reactions and how to help. We are thrilled to now make this resource available to Spanish-speaking parents. 

Previously Developed Web Resources Available in Spanish

CIRP@CHOP provides essential information for parents about child car seat safety in Spanish and developed Spanish-language questionnaire measures to help researchers and clinicians better assess children’s acute traumatic stress symptoms.   

Working closely with the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at CHOP and the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, we have also developed and disseminated resources for children who have been injured or who are facing other frightening or difficult medical issues. These downloadable patient education handouts and tip sheets for parents, children, and teens are available in English and Spanish at the HealthCareToolbox website.

Let us know what you think of the new site, www.AfterTheInjury.org/es, and how you are sharing it with others. Tweet @HCTbox  #AfterTheInjury.  

To learn more about AfterTheInjury.org/es, read the news release