Community organizations fighting H1N1 together - September 28, 2009

Record Number: 5407
Displayed from: Sep 28, 2009 , until: Oct 05, 2009

On Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., the local Fort Wayne television stations will simulcast H1N1: Community on Alert, an hour-long special devoted to the flu pandemic. The program will be produced by WFWA PBS 39 and air simultaneously on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15, WPTA 21Alive, WISE 33, FOX Fort Wayne and Access One Comcast 55, Verizon 25. "We know people have a lot of questions about this new flu virus and the vaccine which has recently been approved," said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health Commissioner. "That's why we are extremely grateful to our broadcast partners for giving us this opportunity to share this important public health information with such a broad audience." Community on Alert will feature interview segments with experts who will address various aspects of the H1N1 flu virus, including symptoms, vaccine availability, school and work issues and when to stay home. Special segments will focus on families affected by the H1N1 flu virus and the priority groups for early vaccination. Viewers will also be able to call in during the broadcast to ask questions of health professionals. Besides Dr. McMahan, other participants in the broadcast include: Scott Mann, MD, Medical Director for Three Rivers Ambulance Authority and the Medical Director of Emergency Services for Dupont Hospital Betty Brown, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Parkview Health Mary Hess, RN, Health Services Specialist for Fort Wayne Community Schools Tom Duszynski, Director of Field Epidemiology for the Indiana State Department of Health Ric Robles, Hispanic Liaison Officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department Tiffany Bailey, Director of the 2-1-1 Call Center for United Way of Allen County To make the broadcast accessible to all members of the community, the health department is working with the Multicultural Council of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Police Department's Hispanic Liaison office to set up viewing sites at locations throughout the city. Each site will provide language interpreters or other special assistance as needed.
The sites are: St. Patrick's Parish, 2120 S. Harrison St. (Spanish interpretation) St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave. (Spanish interpretation) St. Henry's Community Center, 2929 E. Paulding Road (Burmese interpretation) Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Walb Student Union, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Ivy Tech Community College, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. AISEDA (African Immigrants Social and Economic Development Agency, Inc.), 3326 S. Calhoun St. Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St. AIDS Task Force, 525 Oxford St. League for the Blind and Disabled, 5821 S. Anthony Blvd. (Sign language interpretation) WHAT: H1N1: Community on Alert WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5 WHERE: Simulcast on WFWA PBS 39, WANE-TV News Channel 15, WPTA 21Alive, WISE 33, FOX Fort Wayne and Access One Comcast 55, Verizon 25 For more information on flu prevention efforts, visit www.fighttheflu.org or dial 2-1-1 United Way of Allen County.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.