Health & Medicine

Cards in Spanish aim to help Latinos communicate with doctors

With funding from Fifth Third Bank, the University of Kentucky is distributing wallet-sized medical cards aimed at improving communication between Latinos and their doctors. The cards feature colloquial Spanish along with medical terms and medically related questions, according to a UK news release.

UK officials said that fewer than 5 percent of health-information pamphlets at most offices in the Lexington area include Spanish translation. Sociology professor Brea Perry and developmental-behavioral pediatrician Dr. Neel Soares said their idea for the cards came from the business world.

"When we approached the bank about funding, we noticed that they had cards that translated basic financial questions," Soares said in a statement. "We thought, 'What a great idea. We could do that on the medical side.'"

An initial printing of 10,000 cards, for kids and adults alike, are being distributed to area hospital translators and to libraries with high Latino populations.