Online Program

Sin Verguenza (Without Shame), a four part telenovela miniseries

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 8:51 a.m. - 8:59 a.m.

Natalie Sanchez, MPH, UCLA-Executive MPH Program class of 2015, AltaMed Health Servcies Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Hilda Sandoval, PhD., MFTI, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Ramon Garcia, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Thomas Siegmeth, MPH, CHES, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
AltaMed Health Services introduces a 4-series English & Spanish telenovela entitled “Sin Verguenza” & “Without Shame”.  The series features character stories and the impact HIV has on Latino families.  Stigma, shame, infidelity, and family secrets are addressed as contributors to risk and the ongoing spread of HIV. The telenovelas are a part of AltaMed’s Universal HIV Testing initiative that offers HIV Testing as a routine part of medical care for all clients 13 years of age and older.  Routine HIV Testing has proven to test and diagnose individuals who may not suspect they are at risk and diagnosing them at early stages of HIV before it progresses to AIDS. The goal of “Sin Verguenza” is to encourage people to get tested as a routine part of their medical care and to seek HIV medical care should they test positive for HIV.  The audience will be introduced to each of the family members who represent a different age group, sexual orientation, and different marital status and come to see how each person could potentially be at risk of HIV. Although the videos address difficult issues that families face, it also portrays the family as the foundation to overcoming these challenges through unconditional love and support provided by its family members.

Target audience: The Latino community and persons working with this population.

Accompanying materials for the Sin Verguenza campaign included the Sin Verguenza Facilitators Guide, Sin Verguenza Series Info Sheet, posters, and flyers. 

A link to the film/video: Sent via Email to GPH Film Fest

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain the impact HIV has on Latino families and communities. Demonstrate how culturally appropriate videos can be effective in educating the Latino community of risks to HIV infection and the importance of HIV testing

Keyword(s): Public health or related education, Diversity and culture

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Natalie Sanchez has over 13 years of HIV work experience in program development, project management, and community planning and is recognized for her work as creator/writer of the telenovela webseries “Sin Vergüenza”. Natalie has a BA in Sociology and is a MPH student at UCLA. At AltaMed, she has created and led some of the most successful HIV campaigns as well as implemented a combination of public health strategies to reduce HIV infections in California.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.