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Press Release: DeSales University to Offer Program on Spanish for Health Care Professionals
Date: 1/11/2006

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DeSales University to Offer Program on Spanish for Health Care Professionals

In an effort to foster cultural understanding and help healthcare professionals better serve the growing Hispanic community, the Center for Professional Development at DeSales University will offer Spanish for Health Care Professionals. The new, 15-week certificate program will be offered at the Center Valley campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning Tuesday, January 17. Also, at the Easton area campus, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., beginning Thursday, January 19. Registration is currently in progress. For more information, including cost, call Andy F. Roman, director of professional development with the Center for Professional Development at DeSales, at 610-814-3028.

The program is designed for all medical professionals, including doctors, nurses and healthcare specialists. It will help them speak Spanish effectively with patients and make accurate clinical decisions. The course is eligible for 36 contact hours or continuing education units (CEU) from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.

Dr. Kevin N. Waninger, M.D., of Saint Luke's Hospital and a specialist in emergency medicine, family practice and sports medicine, approached the appropriate people at DeSales and requested a Spanish course specifically designed for healthcare workers to help them to better serve their Hispanic patients.

"Learning Spanish will allow me to better communicate with my Spanish-speaking patient population," said Dr. Waninger. "In the long run, this will allow me to deliver a higher quality of medical care to my patients."

Pedro Juan Medina Martinez will serve as instructor for the course. Martinez specializes in bilingual education and has experience in teaching occupational Spanish, honors Spanish, and advanced placement Spanish language and literature. He has served as host and producer of a Latino educational television program on PBS for eight years.

A resident of Bethlehem, Martinez earned an M.S. in teacher education technology from Lehigh University, and an M.P.A. in public administration and a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from the University of Puerto Rico. He has a Permanent Spanish Teaching Certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Presently, Martinez is pursuing an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Lehigh University and teaches honors Spanish at Easton Area High School.

Press Release: DeSales University to Offer Program on Spanish for Health Care Professionals | Posted on: 1/11/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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