Cynthia Nieves is a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at Temple's College of Public Health, a mother, and a working nurse at Temple's Episcopal Hospital. She also has found the time to communicate information about COVID-19 by making an educational Spanish-language video for local media.
"I kept it all factual information from the CDC, how it spreads, how to prevent it, the importance of social distancing, especially for elders—lots of resources," she said. Parts of the video have run on the local Telemundo TV affiliate.
Nieves, former vice president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, was asked to prepare the video by a Camden, NJ, pharmacist who is involved in community health events and creates radio and television segments; they previously worked together on a Spanish-language video on HIV and AIDS.
In her video, Nieves shared practical advice and addresses social impacts of the pandemic.
"One of my main worries when I found out that the schools were closing was children that suffer abuse at home," she said. “So, one of the things that I mention in the video is that social services are still open. I provide that information as well." She made the video at home and included a demonstration of proper hand-washing technique and information on preparing bleach mixtures at home.
Hispanic communities and other minority populations have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, so making sure that Spanish-language information is accurate is vital.
"In every language, you have language barriers, and you have educational barriers as well,” said Nieves. “If I knew more languages than Spanish, I would do them too."