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Engaging Latino Day Laborers in Community-Based Health Interventions

California’s Latino day laborers rarely find an outlet to express their health care needs and concerns to other laborers, to service providers, or to the general public. As a result, their potential as change agents has been largely neglected in health research and interventions. Through a university-community partnership, a project was formed with the overarching goal to increase the capacity of day laborers to become participants in planning health education and outreach efforts.

Faculty from San Francisco State University (SFSU) met with their community partners, the San Mateo Adult School and the Graton Day Labor Center in Sonoma County, to ask for assistance in developing the questions to be asked during focus groups and in a human subject research proposal. Further, the community partners helped to recruit day laborers to participate in the focus groups and to offer their input for those who developed subsequent health education interventions.

Staff and day laborers used focus-group data to create unique health education interventions for each of the sites in order to meet the needs of the day laborers. Graduate students have worked on data analysis and on health education interventions. Thus, the partnership has brought SFSU faculty and students together with community members to provide a means for day laborers to identify their health education needs, bringing about more responsive health care interventions.

Lynette Landry, Nursing
San Francisco State University

Key words: labor, graduate students, health/health education/health disparities

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Last Updated: May 06, 2016