Hablamos Juntos: Using Symbols


Hablamos Juntos: Using Symbols


This Web site helps health and hospital administrators, facilities managers, architects, and designers of health care wayfinding systems eliminate language barriers and improve the quality of health care for people with limited English proficiency through the use of health care symbols in wayfinding systems. Universal symbols help create dynamic systems where patients and visitors feel more comfortable and confident while navigating in a health care facility.

Resources on the site include:

  • Kit of parts
    • Poster
    • Symbols
    • Best practice workbook
    • Reports
    • Kit of parts CD-rom
  • Best practice workbook
    • Universal symbols in health care workbook: Best practices for sign systems
    • Advantages of health care symbols
  • Department of Transportation symbols
  • Frequently asked questions


University of California, San Francisco- Fresno Center for Medical Education & Research

Funding Sources:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Release Date: 2005
Original Summary: January 2009
Last Updated: 03/16/09

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