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Hispanic Heritage Month and Patient Care

Sept. 16, 2017

Resources available to help you better engage with your Hispanic patients.

Sept. 15 kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month. Around 55 million Americans are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and that number is continuing to rise. 

This month is an opportunity to focus efforts on ensuring that Hispanic Americans are provided with care that fits their unique needs. While many GI conditions impact this group, colorectal cancer (CRC) remains a leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic Americans. A big reason for this is lack of screening. To help GIs better communicate the importance of CRC screening and break down the barriers unique to Hispanic Americans, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) has developed a Companion Guide, complete with tested messages, to help reach this unscreened population. View the AGA quick tips sheet, adapted from the NCCRT companion guide, to get started.

As a reminder, AGA is happy to provide all of our patient education materials in Spanish, professionally translated at a low reading level and vetted by native Spanish speaking GI physicians.  

Learn more, including ways to get involved with National Hispanic Heritage Month.


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