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DPH Partners with 91.9 FM WCLK to Promote Better Health to Wider Audiences

September 4, 2013

Originally published on Oct. 17, 2011

For almost four decades, Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK listeners have enjoyed great music for the heart and soul, under the umbrella of the Jazz of the City. These same listeners can now receive health information from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Under a new partnership between the two agencies, public health has a new platform to reach diverse audiences in the African-American, Caribbean, and Hispanic communities. WCLK Healthline is a new platform where the Department can provide subject matter experts to address health topics ranging from asthma, diabetes, tobacco use and cardiovascular disease. Some of the program services will include WIC, Babies Can’t Wait, family planning, and emergency preparedness. This new partnership provides free air-time for the Department.

“This is an amazing opportunity," said Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). “I love the mix of great jazz music and pertinent health messages."

“There are so many disparities on health and wellness in communities,” said Wendy Williams, General Manager for 91.9 FM WCLK. “The Georgia Department of Public Health helps us to reinforce our bridge to disseminate information to a wide spectrum of listeners. This partnership is unique and timely so we can provide first-hand information to our WCLK family as we have done for many years."

Shonta Chambers, MPH, Director of the Office of Prevention and Wellness, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program (HPDP), was among the first to be recorded. “Tobacco is bad for you,” said Chambers. “Tobacco is an addiction and it’s difficult for people to just stop.” Chambers emphasized that tobacco use costs the State of Georgia $5 billion every year - just one reason why efforts are underway to increase the number of schools to become 100% Tobacco Free Policy Schools in Georgia by prohibiting the use of tobacco on school campuses. Chambers concluded her interview by highlighting free smoking cessation resources. She encouraged 91.9 FM WCLK listeners to call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 877-270-STOP (7867).

Shonta Chambers provided a total of four interviews which covered tobacco, asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Here’s the link to WCLK Healthline to hear Chambers’ first interview regarding asthma that aired on Saturday, October 1 click here.

Brian C. Castrucci, MPH, Director of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) was another subject matter expert on WCLK Healthline who discussed the Department’s resources for families who may qualify for services through the Georgia Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). “Most people think that WIC is just for young mothers,” advised Castrucci. “If you are a dad and you are responsible for children under age 5 and you are income eligible, WIC is for you too.”

Castrucci’s on-air segment for pre-recorded interviews covered the Department’s programs to provide good nutrition and food to families, particularly mothers with babies under five years of age or breastfeeding infants. Castrucci also talked about how the Department is working to provide resources to families to ensure that mothers receive the proper nutrition prior to getting pregnant, during pregnancy and after giving birth. And noting that some families are struggling to provide adequate and nutritious food due to the economy, Castrucci suggested WIC as a viable option to families who may qualify. He encouraged listeners to contact WIC at 1-800-228-9173 for assistance in providing daily nutritious meals, food choices and consultation for the whole family.

Brian C. Castrucci provided a total of two interviews which covered WIC and unplanned pregnancy and family planning. Here’s the link to WCLK Healthline to hear Catrucci’s first interview regarding WIC that aired on Saturday, October 15 click here.

Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK’s listeners enjoy the sounds of the legendary Sonny Rollins, Terence Blanchard, Nancy Wilson, Joshua Redman, Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Smith, Chick Corea, Vanessa Rubin, Jon Lucien, Al Jarreau, Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Sample, Kirk Whalum, Incognito, Freddie Cole, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Houston Person, Russell Malone, Poncho Sanchez, Roy Ayers, and Rachelle Ferrell, just to name a few.

WCLK has built upon the right mix of traditional and contemporary jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and reggae for music lovers throughout the metro Atlanta area. WCLK broadcasts to 100,000 listeners weekly from the campus of Clark Atlanta University at 6,000 watts, 24 hours a day. The station has been awarded the Reader's Choice & Critic's Choice awards as the "Best Jazz Radio Station" by the Creative Loafing Newspaper. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has cited and recognized WCLK's Latin program as the "Best Latin Program in Atlanta."