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New documentary, funded by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, reveals how language barriers and disparities in care put Hispanics’ health at risk

Raices de Buena Salud/ Roots of Good Health, a new documentary film series that explores the language and cultural barriers Hispanics face in accessing health care, will air at 8:30 p.m. this evening on NJTV. Underwritten by a $50,000 grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to the Latino Leadership Alliance Foundation in New Brunswick, the documentary was written and produced by William Sanchez, Executive Producer and Emmy Award winning director of the Images/Imagenes, television program, and is narrated and hosted by John Quiñones, award winning ABC News reporter. The documentary features stories and experiences shared by Latino/Hispanic families struggling to cope with critical illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, malnutrition, kidney and heart failure. Rutgers University professors, community health workers, and medical experts also discuss the challenges in treating immigrant communities and residents that lack proper nutrition and face disparities in health care.“Roots of Good Health is a powerful film that speaks to very serious but largely preventable health problems -- such as diabetes -- confronting everyone, while featuring the unique obstacles Latino and Hispanic families face to find appropriate care and stay healthy,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “There are lessons for everyone in this film and we encourage everyone to watch.Raices de Buena Salud/ Roots of Good Health is also scheduled to air on NJTV on the following dates and times:November 7 at 10:30 p.m.; November 8 at 7:30 p.m.; November 9 at 11:00 a.m.; November 12 at 10:30 p.m.The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is celebrating 10 years of serving New Jersey’s communities. The Foundation promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.horizonblue.com/foundation.