223177 Using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to Address HIV Prevention and Care for Latino Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Gabriela Torre Puckett , Department of Health Services and Research & Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Christopher Fisher, PhD , Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Maureen Gatere, MPH (c) , Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Mariama Issoufou , Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Issues: Latinos, the fastest growing US demographic, are experiencing rapidly growing rates of HIV infection. In addition to the stigma MSM already face, Latino MSM are marginalized due to racism, poverty and their own cultural values. Yet to be researched is the unique socio-cultural context for Latino MSM in smaller, Midwestern cities where past research abuses exists.

Description: Utilizing Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) as a guiding framework, a meeting was held with key stakeholders in the Latino MSM community in Omaha, NE to discuss issues related to HIV prevention and care and the possibility of engaging in a long-term collaborative aimed at addressing these issues. Findings from the meeting will be reported.

Lessons Learned: Among the nine CBPR principles articulated by Israel et al. (2008), the need to build equitable relationships between researchers and the community was most germane. The stakeholders expressed a history of exploitation and abuse by the academy in its conduct of “community” research. Specific issues related to HIV included the lack of an agency or organization that offered culturally relevant healthcare and information and a lack of empowering prevention and care services.

Recommendations: CBPR is a viable methodology for engaging with disenfranchised communities in the study of HIV prevention. Next steps include engaging with community members to develop a CBPR study to study the complex web of socio-cultural factors that impact HIV prevention and care in a Midwestern Latino MSM community. Mutual respect and collaboration will be key to redressing past abuses by the academy.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe utility of community-baased participatory research in addressing HIV prevention and care in the Latino MSM community. Identify similarities and differences between US urban Latino MSM communities and Midwestern rural/urban communities.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a graduate student in public health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.