The Health Information Gateway: Diabetes

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Published: November 2009

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The Health Information Gateway: Diabetes (“the Gateway”), is an online diabetes information database for physicians, advocates, health educators, patients and their families who need high quality materials in a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander languages. Diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputation, is currently the fifth leading cause of death among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (AA & NHOPIs) and a major health disparity issue.

Centralized Information: Easy Access, Anywhere
As the first web-based clearinghouse of in-language diabetes health information for AA & NHOPIs, The Gateway makes finding materials on a wide variety of diabetes topics fast, easy and free. Registered users and visitors alike can search and find diabetes information on different topics such as what traditional New Year’s foods to eat/avoid, tips on foot care, and diabetes during pregnancy. Most materials—fact sheets, brochures, booklets, posters, etc—are available for download in a multitude of languages including Cambodian, Chamorro, Chinese, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, and Vietnamese.

“Until now, there’s really been no single place online where people could find the diabetes health information they needed and in the language they needed it in—information gathering was generally time consuming and scattered,” said Jeff Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “We’re thus extremely proud that The Gateway addresses this problem and does it by involving community members, diabetes patients, and health experts to contribute and collaboratively enrich the materials with their own insights, all in a centralized location.”

High-Quality, Community-Reviewed Materials
The Gateway’s community-contributed health materials are reviewed through a unique two-pronged process that ensures not only medical accuracy, but also cultural and linguistic appropriateness. As a community-curated collection of high-quality in-language diabetes information, Gateway provides free access to all materials; in fact, registered users can view both reviewed and still-to-be reviewed diabetes health materials in order to decide for themselves what is most appropriate for their needs. People even have the option of rating a material based on their experience or adding comments, thereby enriching the database for future Gateway visitors.

To browse diabetes materials or become a registered user, please visit http://gateway.aapcho.org.