For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Zandra Lee, Public Health Department PIO, (510) 981-5356

SPANISH-SPEAKING RESIDENTS LEARN LIFE SAVING SKILLS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES
"Sabado por la Familia" provides CPR training in Spanish

Berkeley, California (Monday, April 21, 2008) - "Sabado por la Familia" or "Saturday for the Family," is a CPR training event for Berkeley's Spanish-speaking residents, sponsored by the City of Berkeley Public Health Division and the Red Cross Latino Community Preparedness Program.

More than 100 residents are expected by the Public Health Division's Preparedness unit, and registration is still open. Co-sponsors include Berkeley Unified School District, Head Start, and BOCA.

When: Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to1 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Adult School auditorium, 1701 San Pablo Ave
To register: Contact Barbara Ybarra, 510-848-9092, extension 314
Childcare will be provided.
 
Since many health messages bypass communities where only limited English is spoken, this is an opportunity to deliver important disaster preparedness information in Spanish. This event will help to ensure that Latino communities receive crucial information to keep their families safe and prepared and will help connect the community to other health and disaster preparedness services the City has to offer.
 
"This event is part of our division's, and in particular our Public Health Preparedness program's concerted efforts to empower the residents of South and West Berkeley," said Tanya Bustamante, of the City of Berkeley Public Health Preparedness unit. "We are also hoping this event will help us to strengthen our connection with our Spanish speaking residents for further disaster preparedness trainings."
 
For more information, contact Tanya Bustamante, 510-981-5342.

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