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Media Advisory

Not for publication

June 27, 2005 -- No. 294

Introductory film project aimed
at teaching Spanish to health professionals

Wednesday (Jun 29) 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Don Becerra’s Tienda (grocery store)
2301 N. Roxboro St.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites media representatives to join a production crew as they film scenes for an upcoming introductory program called "ˇA su salud! Introductory Spanish for Health Professionals."

The film crew is in the Triangle area this week shooting scenes in the community and in the emergency room at UNC Hospitals as part of the pilot program designed to maximize health professionals’ ability to deliver quality health care to Spanish-speaking patients. The introductory film project will target health professionals who have little or no knowledge of Spanish. It will be modeled after "ˇA su salud! Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals," published by Yale University Press and adopted by colleges and universities nationwide.

The introductory program, like its highly successful predecessor, combines the compelling soap opera style video drama, being filmed this week, with multi-media interactive exercises, written text and Web-based resources — all aimed at teaching Spanish language and culture to health care workers. The film is set in the rural South where the actors with a variety of Spanish accents encounter real-life health situations. North Carolina has the fastest growing Hispanic population in the country—a nearly 400 percent increase between 1990 and 2000.

The project is funded by a grant from the Office of the President of the 16 campus system. "ˇA su salud! Spanish for Health Professionals," a UNC distance-learning program believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, is being developed by the Office of Distance Education and E-learning Policy, part of the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

For more information on "ˇA su salud! Spanish for Health Professionals": Go to

Directions to Don Becerra’s Tienda: Tienda is located at the intersection of Roxboro Street and Club Boulevard.



"ˇA su salud! Spanish for Health Professionals" contact: Linda Carl, associate director, Office of Distance and E-learning Policy, the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education (919) 962-4008 or