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Translation and Interpreter Resources

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine extends our commitment to personalized healthcare by meeting the unique cultural needs of our patients. We provide free interpreter services to patients to ensure that information is accurately transmitted between Limited English Proficient patients and deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and their healthcare team. If you would like to have a medical interpreter throughout your appointment, please contact the Interpreter Services Department at 410-614-4685 (call for specifics about what Hopkins offers).  More information can be found at Hopkins Medicine.

MedlinePlus, a service provided by the US National Library of Medicine developed the following communication resources for Limited English Proficient individuals.  This website offers information for patients and other health consumers and is for informational purposes only.

Resources for Specific Languages

American Sign Language

    Provides accurate, concise, and valuable health information in American Sign Language using health information created by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.
  • MedlinePlus - Health Information in American Sign Language
    Provides 30 videos from Health Information Translations.



  • Asian Pacific Islanders Women's Health
    This multi-lingual site offers several languages to help Asian Pacific Islander women understand the importance of having mammograms and pap smears at regular intervals. There is information about how to make appointments and prepare for the procedures. Clinicians will find special materials they can use to personally recommend mammography and pap smears to their patients.

Health Information Translations

    From the Ohio State Medical Center, includes health information and hospital signage documents. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Tradition, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

SPIRAL: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages

    Provides consumer information in Chinese, (as well as Cambodian/Khmer, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese and on a wide variety of Internet resources including National Library of Medicine and Tufts University resources.