Editor’s Note: Last year the Washington Health Foundation awarded a Healthiest State Grant to Radio KDNA 91.9 FM and its partners to continue broadcasting its Spanish-language health education program throughout the Yakima Valley. Many members of the Hispanic immigrant population face health inequities due to geographic isolation, cultural separation and low incomes. The Salud en Sus Manos (Health is in Your Hands) radio show helps overcome these barriers by promoting adoption of healthy habits and use of preventive practices and services. The program also provides information on how to access care and meet immediate medical needs. As Executive Director Amelia Ramon observes in one report below, the program engages its listeners in important health topics and helps move them to action. We thank the leaders of KDNA and their partners for creating and sustaining a critical resource for the people of Washington state. Only with efforts such as yours can we make Washington the Healthiest State in the Nation.
Salud en sus Manos - Radio Cadena Productions
Sponsored by: Washington Health Foundation
Hosted by: Lily González, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Guest: Dr. Heriberto Flores, Specialist in Family Therapy
Topic: Growing Healthy Children (Criando Niños Saludables)
This one hour program hosted by Lily González was a telephone interview with Dr. Heriberto Flores from Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico. Dr. Flores’ primary message was the importance of good parenting skills in the home. He expressed that the family is the central focus of society and it can’t ignore the transformation of values and norms that have occurred over the last few years. He emphasized that families need to have the capacity to adapt to those structural changes in order to maintain the stability of the family unit and to prevent parents from becoming disoriented.
After the program, several calls were received congratulating Dr. Flores for his participation in the program and to request his telephone number. A week later, a person came to one of the Yakima Memorial Valley Hospital classes on colon cancer and expressed that he was enchanted with this particular program that he had heard, and personally asked for Dr. Flores’ number. He gave us his testimony on being a father and the great need in the community for training on how to become a good father.