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Starting Over after Maria — education and healthcare

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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, April 3, 2018:

WITF’s Starting Over: Life in the Midstate After Hurricane Maria series continues Tuesday with a focus on education and healthcare — two unique challenges for displaced Puerto Ricans who have migrated to Central Pennsylvania after last fall’s storms.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans came to the region after Maria to stay with their families or make the midstate their home after the devastating hurricane destroyed homes and infrastructure on the island.  One of the areas impacted the most in Central Pennsylvania was the schools.  New students have enrolled in schools throughout the region.  Many of them don’t speak English or have no academic records.  They also have experienced a trauma. 

On Tuesday’s Smart Talk we’re joined by Amber Hilt, Coordinator of K-12 English as a Second Language and World Language at the School District of Lancaster and Jaime Foster, Chief Academic Officer in the Harrisburg School District.

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Also, the influx of Puerto Ricans into the midstate presents healthcare needs as well.  There’s the language barrier, few or no healthcare records and mental health is expected to be a major issue.

Appearing on Tuesday’s Smart Talk are Dr. Yesenia Colon-Rivera, Wellspan Philhaven psychologist, Dr. Paul Botros, a family physician with WellSpan Family Medicine in Lebanon,  Dr. Shanique Jarrett, a resident physician at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, and  Aida Pronko, a nurse at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg.

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