Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bilingual Program Focuses on Latino Health Issues

December 13, 2011

George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano





Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV

PITTSBURGH—On Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. WQED-TV will air its first bilingual program in English and Spanish. Pittsburgh’s Latino community makes up less than two percent of the city’s population, but the numbers are growing. Still, more than a third of the Latino population in the Pittsburgh region lacks health insurance, and most don’t get proper health care for a variety of reasons. Contributing reporter Cindy Fernandez speaks with doctors and leaders of local outreach organizations working to make health care more affordable and available to Pittsburgh’s Latino community in this special episode of Horizons.

Segment topics:

Children’s Health - Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco, a pediatrician with Children’s Hospital first came to Pittsburgh from Columbia 14 years ago. Wanting to address barriers such as language, transportation, cultural differences and insurance, Dr. Chaves-Gnecco created southwestern Pennsylvania’s first bilingual pediatrics clinic called Salud Para NiƱo’s or Health for the Children. Outside of the clinic the doctor holds health fairs, performs car seat checks and helps to provide Pittsburgh’s medical community with bilingual literacy programs.

Women’s Health - Latin-American women have many barriers that prevent them from taking care of their health. Some are cultural: Latinas find pap exams to be embarrassing or fear the compression of the breast during a mammogram spreads cancer. Others don’t seek medical attention because they can’t afford it. The University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health is finding ways to encourage Latinas to take better care of their health.

Men’s Health – The Latino Engagement Group for Salud (LEGS) serves as a first step for Latino men by guiding them to available health resources in the Pittsburgh region. In this segment WQED profiles the people who are working to spread medical information, and trust, among the male Latino population in Pittsburgh.

This special episode of Horizons is being produced by Emmy® award-winning WQED producers Richard Cook, Nathalie Berry and Pierina Morelli, along with contributing producer Maria Kakay.

Funding for this episode of Horizons was made possible by a grant WQED received earlier this year as part of a national partnership between PBS stations and faith-based organizations, the Department of Justice Community-Oriented Policing Services Office, National League of Cities, National Hispanic Media Coalition, and Welcoming America for the Not In Our Town project. Not In Our Town is a documentary series and national effort to connect people working together to take action against hate and create safe, inclusive communities.

Following in the longstanding tradition of Black Horizons which focused on the African American community, Horizons is a more contemporary offering hosted by WQED’s Chris Moore. The show recognizes and celebrates the many facets of our diverse community through studio interviews and on-location stories. Horizons airs Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV and archived episodes may be found at

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