Contact: Karen Storek (520) 327-1451
New Parents Network, Inc.
Tucson, AZ (Dec 02) – The CEO of a Tucson-based organization with the mission to increase the well-being of children worldwide, needs money to rewrite its computer software into Spanish – now!
New Parents Network, Inc., founded in 1988, is faced with the immediate demand to translate its library of parenting information into Spanish. Currently, the software is available on touch screen kiosks located at public health clinics and hospitals in Pima County - but only in English. With the touch of a screen users can access a wealth of information on crucial, health-related parenting skills such as: car seat and toy recalls, immunization schedules, poison control, diseases and disabilities, child abuse prevention, early childhood development, as well as full descriptions of local and state agencies that help parents and children.
“The response to our program has been overwhelming by people from all over the United States and abroad,” says Ms. Storek. “Our biggest challenge now is to respond to the requests by world organizations such as UNICEF to write the software into various languages such as French and Spanish. But, most importantly, we can start right here in Tucson by serving our large populations whose native language is not English,” she adds.
Ms. Storek has identified several potential funding sources and hopes to begin converting the software into Spanish shortly. New Parents Network brought national awareness to telecommunications in 1991 by pioneering the first computer bulletin board system (BBS) dedicated solely to the dissemination of health-related parenting information. The demand for access to the BBS brought attention to the fact that many people may never have the money to own a computer or have Internet access. In response, New Parents Network has focused on reaching the public with information via touch screen kiosks with laser printers. “The beauty of this system is that while anyone can access the kiosks, they are located in waiting rooms where below-poverty-level and under-served populations go. Some of these people may never have Internet access, but they can easily and freely access the kiosk,” says Ms. Storek.
Future plans include a CD-ROM version of the software for sale to the public, multi-lingual and multi-media versions, expansion of the kiosk system to other states, and ultimately providing the software library throughout the world.
It is estimated that close to ½ million Tucsonans currently have access to six touch screen kiosks located at places like Tucson Medical Center and the Pima County Health Department clinic waiting rooms.