From KLRN’s media release:
This weekend, at their annual women’s health conference, KLRN will honor the work of Martha I. Castilla, Executive Director of the Edgewood Family Network (EFN) while also showcasing the work of Martinez Street Women’s Center Maternal and Child Health Promotora Program.
Castilla began EFN with a small group of dedicated Latina mothers from the Westside of San Antonio women who were frustrated by the lack of culturally competent health information that was available to low-income Latina women. Through collaborations, EFN has now grown to be a community-led organization of residents, supporters, neighborhood groups, public agencies and local businesses working together to identify, address and resolve key issues for Latinas and their families.
Founded in the summer of 1999 by a group of women from diverse professional backgrounds, the Martinez Street Women’s Center aims to create a community space to promote the health and well-being of women and girls in San Antonio. The education, parenting, and counseling services provide long-term affirmation and support for women, girls and their families, enabling them to overcome barriers and make positive choices for their overall health and well-being.
KLRN — the public television station serving South Central Texas — is recognizing Martha Castilla and the Martinez Street Women’s Center as part of the 2nd Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer , a day for the women in the community. On Saturday, September 20, women of all ages will gather for health screenings, breakout sessions, a breakfast and a formal luncheon, presentations by nationally known keynote speakers, as well as a tote bag filled with numerous gifts and giveaways. Tickets are $25.
“We [KLRN] are proud to provide this opportunity for women to join us for a day-long adventure into their own lives,” said Joanne Winik, General Manager of KLRN. “This event not only brings together families and friends, but it provides women a chance to discover more about their own health and well-being. And we are particularly pleased with the keynote speakers chosen for this year who encourage women to foster positive attitudes, confidence and passion throughout their daily lives.”
KLRN-TV Channel 9 is the Public Television station for South Central Texas and broadcasts to a 30-county radius. The mission of KLRN is to use the power of telecommunications to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community, to enrich the lives of people throughout South Central Texas.
About Speaking of Women’s Health
Speaking of Women’s Health’s mission is to “educate women to make informed decisions about health, well-being and personal safety for themselves and their families.” The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization educates and empowers women nationwide through more than 50 conferences and events across the country. The foundations programs include Speaking of Women’s Health, Universal Sisters and Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer; community events and education centers with free health brochures in Wal-Mart stores nationwide; a free quarterly newsletter, a Web site and a daily television show, “Lifetime’s Speaking of Women’s Health.”
Speaking of Women’s Health is supported by National Sponsors Wal-Mart, Lifetime, Tylenol, Zyrtec, Kellogg’s, L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, Garnier, Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, Kellogg’s Snacks, Gardasil [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], Slim-Fast, Promise Activ, Vaseline, Degree, Kleenex, Huggies, Kotex, Dove Chocolate, Meredith Corporation, Stryker, One A Day and Citracal.
Locally, the Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer is supported by: Aetna, Metro Health, Texas Beef Council, DividedWeFail.org, Gastroenterology Clinic of San Antonio, IBC Bank, Thompson Print and Mail Solutions, San Antonio Magazine and Telemundo San Antonio.