Are men willing to participate?: A participatory research approach to involving Latino men in sexual and reproductive health promoter programs
Methods: We conducted qualitative in-depth interviews (n=15) and 3 focus groups (n=31) with Latino immigrant men residing in the triangle region of North Carolina. We asked about their time use, perceptions on community participation, health priorities, and sources of health information. Interviews and focus groups were transcribed and analyzed thematically to answer the research questions.
Findings: Men's work was a critical part of their identity and a distraction from the stressors of being an immigrant. Despite perceptions that men are too busy, men did have free time to participate in community health activities. They chose not to participate due to a lack of interest, confidence, or perceived benefits. Most men had not heard the term 'Promotor de Salud', and those that had considered it the domain of women. They felt that health was a woman's responsibility and their own responsibility was to work.
Conclusions: Men's lack of participation is closely related to traditional gender norms that encourage men to be the providers for their family. Community health programs, including promoter programs, should welcome men by including topics of interest to men and connecting promotion activities with men's work activities.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Discuss barriers to Latino men's participation in community health worker programs Identify strategies to integrate Latino men into community health promoter programs
Keyword(s): Latinos, Community Health Promoters
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be the presenter because I have been the principal investigator in this research and I have conducted 90% of the field work as well as the analysis and I am the person that has established the relationship with the community partners and the community health workers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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