COVID-19 Education for Health Professionals Caring for Spanish-Speaking Patients

Anibelky Almanzar, Derek Martinez, Edgar Vega, Miguel Lopez, Linda Hodes-Villamar, John Paul Sánchez

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Hispanics in the United States, who make up 18% of US inhabitants but 29% of COVID-19 cases as of June 2021. Recent studies have attributed higher COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death rates among Hispanics to social determinants of health. Given that the majority of US Hispanics are bilingual or Spanish-dominant, it is imperative for health care providers to be prepared to discuss COVID-19 prevention and treatment in Spanish. Methods: We developed an interactive workshop aimed at increasing health professionals' confidence in discussing COVID-19 prevention, risk factors, and treatments with Spanish-speaking patients. Learners were expected to have an intermediate level or higher proficiency in medical Spanish. The workshop consisted of a PowerPoint presentation and English/Spanish scripts to facilitate interactive learning. The workshop was evaluated using a postworkshop questionnaire to assess learners' perceived confidence in communicating with Spanish-speaking patients. Results: The workshop was implemented with 70 participants, who had diverse ethnoracial identities and professional roles, at five different medical schools. Fifty-three participants completed the postworkshop questionnaire. More than 50% reported near complete to complete confidence in meeting the three learning objectives. Discussion: With Hispanics being the largest non-White ethnoracial group in the US and being disproportionally affected by COVID-19, it is essential for health professionals to access training tools that allow them to practice medical Spanish. This module can uniquely aid in the preparation of health professionals caring for Spanish-speaking patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11240
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • COVID-19
  • Diversity
  • Health Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Medical Spanish
  • Virtual Learning


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