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Adventist Health Launches Telenovela on Univision to Raise Diabetes Awareness


CENTRAL VALLEY – For the first time in local broadcast history, a health care organization is using Spanish television to launch a soap opera that raises awareness about the growing problem of diabetes.

Adventist Health / Central Valley Network will air a 1-minute, 10-episode telenovela series on Univision beginning Monday, July 27. The series follows a Selma grandmother named “Esperanza,” which means “Hope” in English, as she struggles with the decision to live with her diabetes or change her lifestyle.

The telenovela features professional actors, physicians and staff from Adventist Health / Community Care, as well as cameos from local celebrities.

“As physicians, we need to connect with our patients on a cultural level,” says Dr. Raul Ayala from Adventist Health / Community Care – Selma, who’s featured in several of the episodes. “This telenovela has the ability to reach the Spanish-speaking community and raise awareness about the effects of diabetes and ways to prevent it before it takes a toll.”

Some of the effects of diabetes include heart disease, stroke and kidney damage. If not managed properly, the condition can lead to amputations and death.

“Esperanza” will air every two weeks, between July 27 and December 13. To learn more, visit