La Clínica del Pueblo: A Model of Collaboration Between a Private Media Broadcasting Corporation and an Academic Medical Center for Health Education for North Carolina Latinos

  • Jorge Calles-Escandón
  • Jaimie C. Hunter
  • Sarah E. Langdon
  • Eva M. Gómez
  • Vanessa T. Duren-Winfield
  • Kristy F. Woods
Original Paper

Abstract

La Clínica del Pueblo, a health education collaboration between the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Qué Pasa Media, Inc., disseminates culturally appropriate health information to the North Carolina (NC) Latino community. The program includes a weekly radio show and corresponding newspaper column addressing four areas: childhood health, adult health, safety, and utilization. The radio show format includes a didactic presentation followed by a call-in question and answer period. Over 200 consecutive weeks of programming have been completed, averaging 11 calls per show. A Latino healthcare resource guide and hotline also provide resource information. Participant demographic information indicates that 50% of the target population comes from Mexico, 60% are women, and 70% of the community is younger than 38 years. There was an increase in the use of the media as a source of health information over the course of the project, from an initial 33% of respondents to 58% in the last survey. Listenership to La Clínica del Pueblo displayed a pronounced increase (18% initial survey to 55% in last survey, P < 0.05). We also observed a statistically significant increase in medical knowledge from initial survey to the last survey (P < 0.001). By multiple regression analysis, we identified 4 predictors of medical knowledge: order of surveys (1 < 3, P < 0.001), education level (P < 0.0001), female gender (P < 0.01) and radio listenership (P < 0.05). The first three variables predicted higher scores; however, radio listening recognition of our radio program was more common among individuals who had lower scores. In conclusion, La Clínica del Pueblo is a model for a novel approach that can reach the Latino community to improve medical knowledge and possibly affect health behaviors in a positive manner.

Keywords

Latino Media Health education Health promotion Survey North Carolina 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Health Care Division and the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. The team wishes to thank Dr. Alain Bertoni for extending his statistical expertise to provide oversight for the quantitative data analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Calles-Escandón
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jaimie C. Hunter
    • 1
  • Sarah E. Langdon
    • 1
  • Eva M. Gómez
    • 3
  • Vanessa T. Duren-Winfield
    • 4
  • Kristy F. Woods
    • 1
  1. 1.The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University Health SciencesWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Center BoulevardWake Forest University Health SciencesWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  4. 4.School of Health SciencesWinston-Salem State UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

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