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Community-Based Participatory Research with Latino Day Laborer Parents for Child Health
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) faculty conducted a research study with Latino day laborer participants in an urban community in northern California, in response to the workers’ concerns about their children’s health. These children may have increased health risk due to the uncertainty of the work of their parents. This community-based participatory action research explored the parents’ perceptions regarding barriers and assets to health, and identified changes they could make to improve the health of their children.
Community members provided entry into the community and identified sites for recruitment of parent participants. CSUEB students facilitated focus groups, and also translated and transcribed validation of findings. This community-based participatory research project offered an opportunity for community members to work together to identify the issues and strategies for improving the health of their children; gave students experience with research and community health issues; and engaged the university with the community. The research team learned the importance of trust and good interpersonal relations in community-based research. Implementation of strategies is continuing.
Lynn Hofwegen, Nursing
California State University East Bay
labor, health/health education/health disparities, child development, nursing, Northern California