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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 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.

HITN donates toys to children in celebration of Three Kings Day

By COMMUNITY

January 6 marks Three Kings Day, also known as “Día de los Reyes Magos.” The holiday commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar bearing gifts for baby Jesus.  It is one of the most important Latin American and Caribbean holidays of the year. This year, HITN celebrated the 37th Annual Three Kings Day in partnership with Councilwoman Darma Diaz (D-37), Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, NYPD Community Affairs-Chief Maddrey, and the NYPD 75th Precinct at the North Brooklyn YMCA .  HITN donated $2,500 to provide a cultural celebration at the YMCA,  bringing 100’s of toys, smiles and joy to the neighboring Latino families. Families also received PPE equipment in an effort to provide additional protection and support.

About HITN

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.

New York State Senator presents a proclamation to HITN for its mission of service to the Hispanic community

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, New York – New York State Senator Luis Sepulveda (D-32) presents HITN’s CEO & President Mike Nieves with a Proclamation honoring HITN’s mission to advance the educational, cultural and socio-economic aspirations of Spanish Speaking communities in New York State. This award exemplifies HITN-TV’s dedicated efforts and initiatives to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.

This special award also recognized HITN:

HITN-TV utilizing its reach and capacities, offers community based initiatives that include health & Wellness events, early education initiatives, informative educational seminars, and apprenticeship programs promoting the use of technology to provide opportunity and career pathways to Latino Populations.

HITN recently enacted a strategic push in the e-sports industry by organizing tournaments and boot camps across New York State and Chicago, building partnerships with sports and tech organizations as a model for innovation and education for children in underserved communities and whereas HITN-TV plans to continue its esports investment with plans to expand its tournaments and training program boot camps across the United States.

HITN-TV’s digital and technology services include a robust social media presence, apps for preschoolers, and streamed programming for on demand education and entertainment, providing a safe environment for children and families to spend quality time together and whereas HITN-TV with the power to leverage its technical and creative assets, HITN-TV’s viewer base continues to grow and evolve, as the stations’ reach expands on the air, online and on the ground in the communities it serves, its positive impact increases as well.

About HITN

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.

HITN’s Commitment to Local Community Recognized by City and State Magazine

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, New York – Understanding that local communities play a significant role in shaping policy and driving social change, the City & State’s inaugural Community Engagement Power 50 list features a diverse array of philanthropic leaders, government officials and community members who have led initiatives to advocate and bring much-needed attention to some of today’s most pressing issues impacting New Yorkers. HITN’s Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, Angel Audiffred, has been recognized as one of New York’s most influential and impactful community leaders in the first edition of City & State’s Community Engagement Power 50 list.

This recognition reinforces HITN’s on-going commitment to local communities in areas of Health, Education and socio-economic growth, where HITN has provided much needed educational resources and technical guidance during the pandemic. HITN secured WiFi enabled tablets for students from urban schools in NYC as they transitioned into remote learning. HITN participated in Back to school events in partnership with NYC schools and elected officials, ensuring all children begin their school year with new backpacks fully loaded with supplies. The pandemic also presented opportunities where  ITN helped community based organizations launch their annual events virtually, such as the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade, NHCSL’s 18th Annual Summit, and the annual SOMOS Virtual Gala. A major initiative earlier in the year where HITN collaborated with CENSUS 2020 in a city-wide Essay writing contest, drew participation of over 300 students in a major effort to raise awareness to accurate counts in hard-to-count communities.

About HITN

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.

HITN participates in virtual kickoff to the Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday Commemoration

By COMMUNITY

HITN’s President and CEO Mike Nieves congratulates Smithsonian Museum on their 175th Anniversary.

About HITN

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.

Faces of The Future at Citi Field

By COMMUNITY

BROOKLYN, N.Y.— NYC Democratic Mayoral nominee Eric Adams and President & CEO of HITN Mike Nieves at Citi Field with their son and daughter Jordan Coleman and Daniela Nieves, respectively, after a memorable first pitch thrown by Jordan during the New York Mets game on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

“Every Mets fan dreams of throwing a first pitch at @CitiField (and Shea Stadium before that, for those of us who are OG fans). I never dreamed big enough to envision my son Jordan throwing a first pitch to ME.” Said Eric Adams on his latest tweet.

About HITN

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.

Inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Announces Call for Entries

By COMMUNITY

HITN invites filmmakers to participate in inaugural film festival empowering young Latinx creatives

Brooklyn, NY – ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is now accepting submissions for its first annual festival, set to debut from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021. Previously scheduled to take place on April 2020, the online film festival had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Presented by HITN TV, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is designed to support emerging Latinx filmmakers and creatives in their endeavors. It informs, inspires, and elevates the voices of those who struggle for visibility on screen and behind the camera by providing a platform for young changemakers to express themselves through art, creativity, and innovation.

“This initiative aims to shine a light on compelling, untold Latinx stories. We want to showcase the talents, vision, history, and culture of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities; in this way, the festival gives young Latinos a platform to express their perspectives through film,” said Lina Sands, Director of Marketing at HITN.

“We’re excited to be back and look forward to welcoming submissions for our rescheduled 2021 inaugural edition,” added Luis Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Director. “This festival’s theme speaks to what brought us to this moment in time and invites us to imagine a future where we are all seen, heard, and most importantly, counted. Beyond promoting diversity and inclusion, the festival and its series of “Conversations Among X” virtual panels are designed to invite discussion and reflection among the larger Latinx content-creating community about the issues that affect us today. Whether you are an amateur filmmaker in college or a high school student who aspires to make movies one day, we want to hear your story.”

Beyond the film festival, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival presents a tri-weekly series of networking and entertaining virtual panels featuring well-known, award-winning filmmakers, artists, and creatives – all sharing their stories, experiences, and insights to help young Latinx looking to grow in the industry. Find out about upcoming “Conversations Among X” panels at CineYouthFest.org.

The ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival hosts short films that feature a Latinx in a creative lead position either in front or behind the camera. High school and college students are invited to direct, shoot and create their films to enter the festival. English or Spanish-language works of fiction or nonfiction are welcome. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length.

Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries on CineYouthFest.org or through Film Freeway.

Submission fees are structured as follows:

  • • Early Bird Entry: Free from July 19, 2021 to Aug. 2, 2021.
  • Standard Entry: $20 submission fee from Aug. 3, 2021 to Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Late Entry: $25 submission fee from Aug. 17, 2021 to Aug. 30, 2021.

Special fees apply for student films:

  • Early Bird Entry: Free from July 19, 2021 to Aug. 2, 2021.
  • Standard Entry: $10 submission fee from Aug. 3, 2021 to Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Late Entry: $15 submission fee from Aug. 17, 2021 to Aug. 30, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

Entries will be selected by submission only. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length.

All film genres, including documentary, drama, animation, comedy, and narrative, are eligible.

Filmmakers must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible to enter, or if younger, submit parental / guardian permission.

Only films completed between Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2021 are eligible for this festival. Visit CineYouthFest.org for a complete list of rules and eligibility criteria.

Awards

The selection of films for the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival will be announced on September 13 and the selection will be screened on CineYouthFest.org from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021.

An independent jury will evaluate all entries based on a variety of factors, including awareness of the subject matter, creativity in the approach of the subject matter, technical aspects such as directing, acting, cinematography and editing, originality, and inspirational and storytelling impact of the piece. Judges will select two winners from a pool of finalists. A grand prize winner will be chosen to receive a cash prize of $5000. An additional student scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to the outstanding work submitted by a student. Certificates for e-learning courses will be given to recipients of honorable mentions to continue mastering their craft. Winners will be announced at the end of October on HITN GO and on the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival website.

To date, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is being presented in collaboration with Northeastern Illinois University, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Centro – Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, NALIP, Frank Sinatra High School, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, St. Francis College, and the University of Houston.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Lina Sands, director of marketing, at LSands@hitn.org.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV es una empresa líder de medios en español que ofrece programación educativa y cultural para toda la familia. Llega a más de 44 millones de hogares en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico a través de DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism y Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Descargue la aplicación “HITN GO” Everywhere disponible en Apple, Android, Apple TV y Roku® con una suscripción por cable. Para obtener más información, visite: www.hitn.org y siga a @HITNtv en las plataformas sociales.