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Latin American Health Topics

Designed to help those researching Latin America, Caribbean countries and health issues related to the region

About this Guide

This guide is designed to assist researchers interested in health within the Spanish speaking regions of South America and the Caribbean. One can find information about books, databases, open access journals,  scholarly articles, and more. It promotes the idea of  thinking about why there should be research and concern about public health. Some of the topics include health coverage, vaccines, obesity, and asthma and more. These are concerns of the region in recent years and decades. 

Research tips

When Searching for information about health in the Spanish speaking regions of South America and the Caribbean, searches can be done in English with some of the following:

"Latin America AND health"

"Obesity AND Latin America"

"Asthma AND Latin America"

Searching the name of the health topic with AND Latin America  in quotations will help find the two terms.

It is recommended that you begin searching with a broad, general search before specific countries. In many of the studies, multiple countries are mentioned in an article or resource.



CINAHL Database

This database is the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. It is a very comprehensive source for those interested in health care.

PubMed (

PubMed is  accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts and full text on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health maintain the database



Why is public health in another region relevant? The world is connected by roads, planes, and more. Although Latin America and the Caribbean may be physically separate from Wayne State University, knowledge of what affects the region is still crucial to this local area. These videos explain what public health is and how an individual's health is impacted by their environment. Whether or not asthma affects someone in Latin America could be impacted by the environmental factors of air pollution and urbanization. Obesity is affected because of more processed foods being made available and diets changing. These foods could be coming from another region or country.

Take a few moments and view the videos that shed light on how not just an individual's health is important, but paying attention to the public's health and what impacts it is important.

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Medline Website

This resource provides information about health concerns for the general public and is available in both English and Spanish. To navigate the website in Spanish, click on the icon that says Espanol.

MeL resource

MeL Salud en espanol

This database provides topic-specific reports covering all aspects of health and wellness, including overviews of diseases, conditions, procedures and treatments. Salud en Español is the one-stop resource for evidence-based reports and fact sheets in the Spanish language. A topic can be searched in the Spanish language and lead to prompts to aid conversations with one's doctor and more.

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