Addressing health disparities among latinos: Innovative academic-community partnerships
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
HIV/AIDS and substance abuse (HIV/SA) health disparities are on the rise among Latinas. Nationally, the rate of HIV infection among Latinas is over four times higher than that on White women. A lack of culturally-tailored conceptual models and interventions lead Latinas to perceive the health care system as culturally insensitive, often resulting in disproportionately lower engagement in treatment and prevention efforts among this population. Florida International University's Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (FIU-CRUSADA) has established innovative academic/community partnerships with the Latino community of Miami Dade County Florida, the county with highest rates of new HIV infection in the United States. The purpose of these partnerships is to build and sustain capacity in responding to the HIV/SA epidemic at the local level. Through fostering equitable and inclusive collaborations we are currently: (a) Developing a community action plan for preventing HIV/SA among Latinas by improving access to prevention programs in these communities; (b) Increasing the capacity of Latinas to respond to the HIV epidemic locally by providing these women the necessary skills to educate and empower themselves and other women in their community; and (c) provided meaningful opportunities for Latino community members to be involved in developing culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate HIV/SA prevention programs. Methods, challenges, and lessons learned in establishing sustainable and effective academic-community partnerships will be presented. Through these collaborations we aspire to improve the health status of Latina women, with a particular emphasis on reducing/eliminating HIV/SA health disparities in this population.
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Assess how to develop and maintain academic-community partnership with Latinos;
Identify the key elements necessary to develop an academic-community partnership with Latinos; and
Discuss the challenges, successes, and opportunities in moving towards formal and established collaborations with the Latino community.
Keyword(s): Latino, Community
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Research Associate Professor at Florida International University and Co-PI of the study being presented. I have worked in the field of social work public health for fifteen years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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