The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the nation’s leading healthcare organization dedicated to bone health, today announced the launch of its new Spanish website, www.huesosanos.org. The new website offers the same expert information that is available from NOF’s English website, www.nof.org.
NOF’s most recent prevalence report showed that 2.5 million Mexican-Americans suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass. The prevalence report used 2010 U.S. census information for its population reporting, so only people of Mexican descent could be identified within the Hispanic community residing in the country. The impact of osteoporosis on the Hispanic population nationwide is likely far greater.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide essential information about bone health and the prevention, management and treatment of osteoporosis in Spanish to reach Hispanic audiences in the United States,” said Amy Porter, Executive Director and CEO of NOF. “With two million broken bones caused by osteoporosis each year, it is critical that we reach out to all women and men with clear information about the importance of bone health. It is also very important that this information be available in a culturally sensitive language.”
To create www.huesosanos.org , NOF partnered with Farmacopea, Inc., an independent minority-owned and women-owned agency with the mission of promoting culturally engaging Hispanic health education and health related quality of life. Farmacopoea aims to provide culturally understandable information for patients who speak Spanish and the people responsible for their care. They also create communications geared to health professionals.
The www.huesosanos.org website was made possible through support from Amgen, Inc.
In addition to the website, NOF also translated its publication, the Clinicians Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis to Spanish and created a series of videos in Spanish that will focus on important information about osteoporosis. The main objective of this effort is to provide educational information on osteoporosis in Spanish that is easy to understand and respectful of the Hispanic culture.
About the National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation’s leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. For more information on the National Osteoporosis Foundation, visit www.nof.org.