Health Education Brochures

Brochures Translated into Threshold Languages

At least 50% of brochures in circulation and developed by the Health Education Section will be translated into the threshold languages of the county by June 30, 2021.

Brochures Created in Plain Language Guidelines

At least 60% of brochures in circulation and developed by the Health Education Section will be according to "plain language guidelines" by June 30, 2021.

Why is this important?

Health literacy is a concern in the United States. The problem is not just the ability to read, but to understand the information given. For example, a medication bottle states “take two pills twice a day.” The safety and success of the medicine may differ if the patient takes a pill at breakfast and another at lunch, instead of taking one pill every 12 hours. The instructions we give are just as important as the language we use.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over four out of ten San Bernardino County residents spoke a language other than English in the home between the years of 2012-2016. Data from 2015 shows that nearly a third of the overall county population spoke Spanish (the most common non-English language in this county). The next two most common languages were Tagalog at 1.32%, and Chinese at 1.32%.

What are we working on?

The goal of health promotion messages is to convey timely and accurate information that includes a “call to action” (e.g. get a flu shot, stop smoking, start a new exercise program, eat more fruits and vegetables). The DPH Health Education section strives to provide health information to the public in the most efficient ways so that individuals may make healthier lifestyle or behavioral choices that lead to better health outcomes. Health information is given to the community by various methods and modes of communications, largely in written formats, such as flyers and brochures.

How are we doing?

We want to ensure that at least half of all public-facing brochures designed by the Health Education section are translated into the threshold languages of the county. Currently, Spanish is the only official threshold language in San Bernardino County. These translations are done by Health Education section staff skilled in written Spanish translation. Should there be a need for translation of materials to another language, outside translation companies will be used.
We also want to ensure that 60% of the educational materials created by the Health Education section meet plain language guidelines according to national health literacy standard practices. The plain language guidelines help ensure that educational materials are written in the simplest language possible and still delivers the message or “gets the point across.”
The Health Education section is committed to improve the department’s capacity to implement health equity initiatives and to offer health information to residents of San Bernardino County. It is important that health information is in a language and format that's easy to understand and used to achieve better health for themselves and their families.

Want more information?

For more information, please visit the DPH Health Education section site.   
For more information about using plain language guidelines, please visit the CDC Health Literacy site.

Last Update: 8/30/2019