SOURCE: MHz Networks

MHz Networks

May 05, 2010 17:53 ET

A Constant in Health Literacy: Hablemos de Salud Celebrates 15 Years of Broadcast & Impacting the Community

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) -  While the U.S. health debate has loomed for the decades, Hablemos de Salud just celebrated 15 years of uninterrupted broadcast on MHz Networks. A constant in providing health information to the underserved Spanish-speaking community and beyond, Hablemos de Salud focuses intently on developing health literacy and making viewers aware of the importance of prevention in everyday health.

The 15th season premiered nationally on MHz Worldview on April 17. The show airs each Saturday at 2 PM ET.

An original production of MHz Networks, the live, call-in television program is broadcast in Spanish, with English captions, and is filmed at the MHz Networks broadcast center and studios, just outside the nation's capital.

Nationally-renowned cancer prevention specialist and radio personality Dr. Elmer Huerta hosts the program, providing commentary on general health topics, medical news, answers to national viewer calls, as well as incorporating interviews with guests from various health-related fields. The program has been co-hosted by Dr. Huerta and TV personality, Pablo Sanchez since its inception in 1995.

Hablemos de Salud began as a local show in the Washington, D.C. metro area on MHz Networks 1 (then known as WNVC), and expanded to national distribution with the launch of MHz Worldview in the last few years.

According to the 2008 Issue Brief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: America's Health Literacy: Why We Need Accessible Health Information, the need for health literacy and accessible health information is imperative, with the most recent statistics indicating 'only 12 percent of U.S. adults had proficient health literacy.'

Dr. Huerta notes, "Preventative medicine is key to life-long health. The information we bring to the viewers of Hablemos de Salud, as well as the way we deliver that information -- in an open forum in Spanish -- promotes a level of awareness that is so important to the community."

Frederick Thomas, Executive Producer, Founder and CEO of MHz Networks says: "You can't help but be impressed by Dr. Elmer Huerta's and Pablo Sanchez's commitment to helping the Spanish-speaking community receive sound, consistent medical advice. I often wonder how many lives they have changed over the years -- I suspect quite a few."

Hablemos de Salud is available to the Washington, D.C. metro market's 4.9 million residents via broadcast (OTA), cable, satellite and telco on MHz Networks 1 (MHz Worldview DC).

Throughout the nation, MHz Worldview is available in more than half of the top-20 U.S. television markets -- over 30 million households -- through broadcast/cable affiliates in: Chicago, IL- WYCC; Philadelphia, PA- MiND TV (WYBE); San Francisco,CA- KCSM; Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, OH- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL- WCEU; Nashville, TN- WNPT; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN (statewide); Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo/Beaver Creek, MI- WGVU; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- Vegas PBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Plattsburgh, NY- Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE); Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Moline, IL (Quad Cities)- WQPT; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Rochester-Austin, MN- KSMQ; Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ; St.Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable.

Hablemos de Salud via MHz Worldview blankets the U.S. satellite footprint on DirecTV and Galaxy 19 satellite on Transponder 27 (channel 949).

The show is also broadcast nationwide in Peru and Bolivia via RTV Peru.

Audio of the show in syndication is also rebroadcast in the Denver market through special arrangement with the local MHz Worldview broadcast affiliate, KBDI.

MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational and arts programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.

MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, brings programming to globally-minded audiences in the US though affiliates, including cable, satellite and online. Serving the Washington, DC area's 4.9 million residents with eight local broadcast channels, MHz Networks features programs from around the world on-air in more than 20 different languages.

A division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation headquartered in Richmond, VA, MHz Networks is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA and at Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Stephanie Misar
    8101 A Lee Highway
    Falls Church, VA 22042
    703-770-7100
    www.mhznetworks.org

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