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2005-2007

  • In May 2007, the UNC elective course using the intermediate ¡A su salud! materials met the Quality Matters review standards. Only about 50% of those courses reviewed have been recognized.
  • Thanks to funding from the Aetna Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Cardinal Foundation, NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, and UNC General Administration, the production of the introductory program is fully underway.
  • In May 2006, a total of 57 participants from East Carolina’s Medical School, Wake Technical Community College, UNC Hospitals and health profession schools and two hospitals in Hickory took part in a 5-week pilot of the introductory program that covered material from the first two chapters of the DVD and textbook/workbook. The pilot was taught as a hybrid (participants attended a weekly face-to-face conversation hour with their instructor) and at a distance (weekly phone contacts with their instructor and a conversation partner from the class). Overall comments were very positive.
  • The health drama for the introductory program was shot on location in North Carolina (May 2006) and Cuernavaca, Mexico (February 2007), using a 36-person crew, 37 actors, and 14 locations, resulting in over 50 hours of footage. Post-production work resulted in the completion of 103 minutes of dramatic presentation and nearly three hours of additional support video for the interactive exercises.
  • The first half of the introductory program (chapters 1-6) will be piloted at UNC in the spring of 2008. Course materials (chapters 1-12) will be completed for publication by fall 2008.

2004-2005

¡A su salud! has been used in:

  • Distance learning for-credit courses to on-campus and distance-degree students in the five health science schools and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as in the health science centers at two other universities.
  • Distance learning continuing education courses for working health professionals in the U.S. at the Office of Continuing Education at the UNC School of Public Health.

Additional activities include:

The ¡A su salud! interdisciplinary team is currently developing and seeking funding for an introductory Spanish course for health professionals as as a companion to ¡A su salud!. The introductory program will also include DVD-based broadcast-quality dramatic video and interactive exercises, a workbook/textbook, and a website to help health professionals learn beginning Spanish language skills and increase their cultural awareness.

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