Gallo P. Radiodifusão comunitária: um recurso a ser valorizado no âmbito da educação em saúde. [Community radio broadcasting: a valued resource in the health education environment.] Saúde em Debate [Health in Debate] ( Río de Janeiro , Brazil ) 2001 September-December; 25(59): 59-66.

Objectives: To analyze the experience and methodology used in the first three public health information courses produced by community radio stations in the greater São Paulo area in Brazil .

Methodology: Case study.

Results: The courses were organized and presented beginning in 1999 by journalists and healthcare professionals from the School of Public Health at the University of São Paulo . The project originated in the recommendation made by the Eleventh National Healthcare Conference that medical and public health schools link themselves with community radio stations (400 in greater São Paulo) to develop health information services and courses. The objective was to reach the economically disadvantaged population.

The work with the community broadcasters creates an important opening for the population to participate in the solution of its health problems. This opening also will awaken and strengthen awareness regarding those who are in want. People who live on the economic and social fringe can acquire information concerning the problems, needs, and possibilities of the healthcare system in their geographic area through community radio. The analysis of this experience also demonstrates the importance of not restricting information to the local level, but of spreading it over a wide region.

Conclusions: The experience of the first courses demonstrated their effectiveness in attracting participants from community radio stations and the importance of their adoption by other schools of public health.

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