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Sebastián Ábalo

NIU & HITN Donate Computers and iPads to Loiza Students in Puerto Rico

By COMMUNITY

Loíza children receive technological equipment valued at more than $40,000.00 thanks to the Hispanic Television Station HITN and Northern Illinois University.

(LOÍZA – Wednesday, May 11, 2022) The Mayor of Loíza, Hon. Julia Nazario Fuentes, received today a group of philanthropists at the Jobos de Mediania School from the television station Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN), and from Northern Illinois University, who came to the Island to formalize a donation of computers for use by the students of the Jobos School (K-5) and iPads for the municipal bilingual school, Alianza Cacica Yuiza. Specifically, the donation consists of 21 iMac computers valued at $25,000.00, and 15 iPads valued at $17,000.00, for a total of $42,000.00.

Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson, from the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, noted that “at Northern Illinois University we are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Mayor Nazario Fuentes and Escuela Jobos by providing assistance and technological resources that successfully impact the learning needs of students in Loíza. At Northern Illinois University, we value the computer donation as the beginning of building a lasting relationship.”

Northern Illinois University is a public institution located in DeKalb, Illinois, and was founded on May 22, 1895, by Governor John P. Altgeld as a satellite campus of what is now Illinois State University. Today it is an independent public university of great prestige with more than 14,000 students enrolled.

On the other hand, HITN as an entity has the mission of promoting the educational, cultural, and socio-economic aspirations of Hispanics in the United States, through the development and distribution of authentic and quality content, on television, online, and in the community. HITN was represented at the event by Mike Nieves, its president, and CEO, who reaffirmed the commitment to the education of children in Puerto Rico from the very origin of the organization, “a goal that we have continued and today we reaffirm with the children of the town of Loíza by providing new technology to continue their studies.”

Mayor Nazario Fuentes pointed out that “for us in Loíza, education, culture, and sports are priorities. We greatly appreciate this important contribution from Northern Illinois University and HITN to the future of our children. In the mission of overcoming the digital divide, we will continue to contribute with access to information and communication technologies between groups of all kinds”.

The visitors were also received by the School Commissioner of the Municipality of Loíza, Danaliz Dávila Fuentes, and the Municipal Planner, Yeidy Mar Escobar. The event was broadcast live by the Municipality of Loíza on Facebook, where those present detailed the equipment donation process and highlighted the importance of technology in the educational process at all levels.

(Photo by Diario de Puerto Rico)

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is the leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Altice. Edye users can learn more about the platform at www.edye.com and download the Edye app through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

The Three Kings Arrived in Vieques in April

By COMMUNITY

Covid has disrupted human activity worldwide in all its dimensions. One of the victims of this deadly virus was the XXIII Vieques Three Kings Festival, which has always been celebrated January 7 since its inception in 2000. With Covid wreaking havoc among our population, it was decided to postpone, not suspend, the XXIII Festival until conditions allow it.

Taking all due precautions, and judging that the conditions were right, the Three Kings arrived in Vieques last Saturday, April 23 without much fanfare. All the boys and girls who arrived in cars with their relatives or the few that arrived on foot received a non-bellicose toy, an educational book, the loving greeting of their Three Wise Men and the members of Columpio Colectivo who also came to entertain us.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped, especially Viequenses, the activity was a complete success. It did not go unnoticed that Mike Nieves, a Puerto Rican from the Diaspora, and Luis Alejandro Molina, a Mexican by birth and a Puerto Rican by adoption, traveled from New York with the sole purpose of participating and contributing to the success of the Festival. Work has already begun for the XXIV Festival, which we trust we will be able to celebrate on Friday, January 7, 2023. Everyone is invited!

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is the leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Altice. Edye users can learn more about the platform at www.edye.com and download the Edye app through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

State of Health Among Hispanics in the US in 2022

By COMMUNITY

April is National Minority Health Month. HITN and Vida Y Salud compile important information that shows the current state of health to one of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

Brooklyn, NY – COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the concerning health situation faced by Hispanics in the United States, particularly where mental health is concerned. With April being National Minority Health Month, HITN and Vida y Salud have collected the latest statistics, which paint a current picture of the health of the country’s largest and fastest growing minority group. According to the latest Census data, collected in 2020, 62.1 million people in the United States are Hispanic, a number that represents 18.7 percent of the country’s total population.

Primary causes of death and most common illnesses among Hispanics

  • Hypertension (46.0% of men and 35.4% of women over 20), obesity (44.8% of men and 46.8% of women over 20), and diabetes (12.5% of diabetic people in the United States are Hispanic, the second largest group after Native Americans) are highlighted as common conditions among Hispanics that contribute to heart disease, one of the leading causes of death.
  • Along with heart disease, cancer is another leading cause of death among Hispanics. Together they represent nearly 2 out of 5 deaths, a rate nearly identical to that observed in Caucasians.
  • According data from the American Cancer Society, prostate and breast cancer are the most common forms of cancer among Hispanic men and women, respectively. In their most recent report, this organization estimates that, in 2021, around 23,800 Hispanic men and 22,700 Hispanic women would die of cancer, with lung cancer being the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and breast cancer being the leading cause among women.

The COVID factor

  • Since 2020, COVID-19 has become one of the three leading causes of death in Hispanics. In fact, among the general population, Hispanics represent 24.9% of cases and 17.2% of deaths.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2020 COVID-19 claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States, which marked a record increase in mortality rates and a nearly two-year reduction in life expectancy.
  • The yearly increase was even more significant among minorities. Mortality rates among Hispanics grew by a margin approximately three times as large as the one for Caucasians. Mortality rates among Hispanic males increased by nearly 43%, and mortality rates increase by 28% among black males. Meanwhile, mortality rates among white males increased by approximately 13% since 2019.

Mental health and Hispanic people

  • Regarding mental health, the Latino community is just as susceptible as the rest of the population. However, the concerns, experiences, and ways of addressing and treating them may be different.
  • The most common mental health conditions in the Latino community are: schizophrenia, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder.
  • According to a survey conducted by the CDC, adult Latinos are the group most affected by pandemic-related stress. The CDC report revealed that, among Latinos, the prevalence of depression was 40%, compared to 25% among non-Hispanic white individuals.
  • Suicidal thoughts reached 23% among Latinos, compared to 5% among African Americans and 5% among Caucasians.

“During National Minority Health Month, it’s important to consider that Hispanics frequently experience worse outcomes regarding their health due to a lack of access to medical care coverage, quality care, and other factors. It’s important to understand where their beliefs regarding prevention, mental health, and chronic illnesses may differ. Addressing language and cultural barriers is especially important because that allows medical professionals to better diagnose and treat Latinos. Communication is key,” says Dr. Aliza Lifshitz, founder and editorial director of Vida y Salud.

“In reality, we’re all interested in our health. Health inequities don’t just affect the people and communities that experience them, they’re harmful to the entire country. At HITN and Vida y Salud, we want to help our community by providing accessible health information. We hope that it helps improve to your lives.”

Sources:

CDC: Mortality Rates Mortality in the United States, 2020
CDC: Health Disparities
CDC: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
American Cancer Society: Datos y estadísticas sobre el cáncer entre los Hispanos/Latinos
CDC: Health of Hispanic or Latino Population
CDC: National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV, and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN Premieres “Servant Of The People” Iconic Series Starring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN Secured Rights to air “Servant of The People,” which stars Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky starting April 4th.

Brooklyn, NY – HITN-TV today announced the Spanish premiere of Servant of the People, the now-iconic fictional series that, in real life, led Zelensky to become the President of Ukraine and thus the center of the world’s attention during the current crisis.

In this hilarious comedy, a humble high school teacher is nominated by his students for the presidency of the country. Using social networks to promote him and to obtain campaign funds, their actions make him the winning candidate. The teacher faces his surprise victory with confidence and establishes a government based on principles of honesty and service. In real life, the Ukrainian public fell in love with this character and his vision of what a president should be and in 2019 elected Volodymyr Zelensky as their President with more than 73% of the votes. The rest is part of history.

In the series, the character defies corruption and faces problems with simplicity and unusual clarity. Something that today’s president has made an integral part of his way of governing. This series is also a tribute to the people of Ukraine who, in every episode, can be seen living the normal and dynamic life that they led until just a few weeks ago.

HITN will begin airing the series beginning Sunday, April 4 at 9:00 pm ET/PT

To help raise awareness of the children and families impacted by the conflict in Ukraine, the Spanish-language television network that reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico will be directing viewers to UNICEF, where they can find resources on how to help in the humanitarian effort. For more information please visit hitn.tv

“We are very happy to be able to transmit Servant of the People, in Spanish, for our community. Volodymyr Zelensky has, without initially setting out to, become a world-class modern hero and we believe that this series will allow the public to know in depth his strengths and weaknesses as well as the vision and spirit of leadership that has inspired his people,” said Erika Vogt -Lowell Director of Programming and Acquisitions for HITN.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV, and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN Partners with Robin Hood in the “FUEL For 50” Initiative Supporting Parents and Caregivers of NYC Kids Ages 0-3

By COMMUNITY

Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting philanthropy.  Robin Hood created FUEL for 50 (Fund for Early Learning) as part of a 3-year initiative and six-year commitment to transform New York City into an early learning metropolis by supporting caregivers of children from the ages of 0 to 3 as they navigate the challenges of early learning and development.  Selected from a pool of 350+ applicants representing the five boroughs in NYC, 50 community-led programs were chosen, ranging from mental health and job training to legal services and immigration. Each will receive unrestricted funding for up to $25,000, access to exclusive workshops, and the opportunity to apply for up to $1 million in future funding for the next two years in lieu of extending their critical work.

“On behalf of HITN, I am delighted to offer my congratulations to the winners of Robin Hood’s FUEL for 50 Challenge. Each awardee has found a unique and exciting way to engage the parents and caregivers of early learners to ensure their children have a great start in life. HITN is honored to be part of this initiative,” said Mike Nieves, CEO & President of HITN.

To date, FUEL has partnered with various community-based organizations to reach over 75,000 children and caregivers. To learn more about the 50 extraordinary awardees and further share their mission and success, please visit https://FUELfor50.org/awardees 

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 40 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. For more information, please visit www.hitn.org.

The Women of HITN Celebrate Women’s History Month A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND HEALING

By HITN

Each year in March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and take the time to recognize the pivotal role women have played in shaping history, culture and society around the world.  We honor all women as they continue to pave the way to empower the next generation.

HITN reinforces its commitment to support and lift all women from all diverse backgrounds in all communities. #breakthebias

To commemorate Women’s History Month, on March 18th, the women of HITN will present “Inspire HER”, a motivational workshop featuring guest speakers, NYS Assemblywoman Emily Gallagher (D-50), and Tiffany Raspberry Sr. Advisor for External Affairs for the Office of the Mayor, along with Students from Progress High School in Brooklyn.

This inspirational workshop focuses on engaging the Progress student girls in a lively discussion about the benefits and challenges of women in today’s workforce.  The speakers aim to reinforce the importance of self-confidence, girls tapping into their potential as leaders, building the right relationships, and supporting one another as women.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 40 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. For more information, please visit www.hitn.org.