MCH Offers Health Classes in Spanish 2/18/14
CBS 7 News
February 18, 2014
A new educational program that targets a large, but specific, part of the community is getting off the ground in Odessa.
It's an outreach group which aims to educate the Spanish-speaking community on common health issues. It’s called “A Tu Salud" which in Spanish, means "For Your Health".
Armando Acosta says he owes his life to Medical Center Hospital.
The doctors and nurses saved his life several years ago when he was struck with a rare illness and now he has even more to be thankful for: healthcare education.
"Right now they are basically talking about diseases that can be avoided or controlled, for example: diabetes," says Acosta.
"A Tu Salud" is a program with MCH which aims to educate Spanish-speakers on common but not necessarily well-known health concerns.
"Anytime you're dealing with any type of culture the idea is for us to honor and to respect the culture and so we’re able to do that. We’re able to bring the information to them in an environment in which they are comfortable," says MCH Director of Volunteer Services and Community Relations Coordinator Patricia Garcia.
The idea is to bring in experts to speak on certain health topics, mostly in their native tongue.
"It gives me so much joy that the people are interested because they are asking questions, sometimes very simple questions, but they're addressing some issues that we don't know about," says Acosta.
For information on how to get involved call 640-2243.