HMS Lends Expertise to Spanish-Language Health Podcast

Collaboration aimed at improving access to medical and health information for Latino communities

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The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) at Harvard Medical School is working with public media outlet GBH News and the Spanish-language media organization El Planeta on a pathbreaking podcast series created specifically for Spanish-speaking individuals.

The goal is to address health and medical topics of interest to Latino communities in the United States and, more locally, in Massachusetts. DICP will advise on content and identify experts for the new program, Salud.

A team of journalists at El Planeta, publisher of the largest circulating Spanish-Language newspaper in Massachusetts, and its national counterpart, El Tiempo Latino, will produce the programming. GBH News will lend its production facilities and distribution channels to the effort, with the Boston Public Health Commission sponsoring the broadcasts.

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“What distinguishes this effort, and makes this collaboration so exciting, is that Salud is one of the first health care podcasts to serve Latino listeners directly by addressing topics of interest to them,” said Joan Reede, HMS dean for diversity and community partnership. Salud means “health” in Spanish.

Reede said the public service nature of the podcast dovetails with HMS’ overarching mission to broaden understanding of health, science, and medicine across multiple communities by sharing the latest knowledge, research, and best practices in those fields.