- 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
Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Cardinal
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
¡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.