Sexual and Reproductive Health
Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte
The Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte (Healthy Woman, Strong Family) project was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in late 2009 to address the need for effective cervical cancer education among Latinas. This community-based project seeks to increase knowledge, change attitudes, increase intent to change behavior, and change behavior among Latinas, leading them to seek cervical cancer screenings in Washington, DC, and Chicago.
Objective: The overall goal of Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte is to reduce health disparities by increasing the percentage of Latinas over the age of 18 who receive cervical cancer screening. Through collaboration with NCLR Affiliate community health centers (CHCs) and CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH US) program, IHH will develop a cervical cancer screening education program led by promotores de salud (lay health educators).
Impact: IHH will offer women one-on-one and small-group education sessions led by promotores de salud and provide client reminders to motivate participants to act on the information received. The program will be implemented in two CHCs—Alivio Medical Center and La Clínica del Pueblo—which serve primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants, maintain active promotores programs, and have a demonstrated need for increased screening.
National Consensus on Latino Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The National Consensus on Latino Teen Pregnancy Prevention project was funded in 2009 by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The project consists of a series of activities, including in-depth interviews with key informants and a consensus-building meeting with representatives of organizations serving or interested in serving Latino communities nationwide.
Objective: The goals of this project are to:
- Review and discuss the current status of Latino teen pregnancy
- Examine state-of-the-art research, program, and policy efforts with regard to Latino teen pregnancy reduction
- Agree on viable program and policy strategies at the national, state, and local levels that should be adopted by organizations in the public and the private sectors to reduce Latino teen pregnancy
Impact: This project will establish a national consensus statement that will provide broad guidance and identify priorities for addressing the issue of teen pregnancy in the Latino community through policy, programs, and research. Participating organizations will be asked to adopt and promote the National Consensus Statement as an integral part of their institutional position on Latino teen pregnancy.
Situational Analysis on Cervical Cancer and HPV Prevention and Education
The Situational Analysis on Cervical Cancer and HPV Prevention and Education initiative was funded in 2008 by GlaxoSmithKline to identify factors hindering or facilitating cervical cancer prevention in the Latino community.
Objective: The objective of this project is to design and conduct a situational analysis in education initiatives based in the Latino communities of four cities, which includes in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. Participants include state health department officials, health care clinicians, Latino community-based organizations and the following community segments: Spanish-speaking Latinas, Spanish-speaking Latino men, English-speaking Latinas, and Spanish-speaking Latina mothers in Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, and Texas.
Impact: This project is one of the first comprehensive examinations of Latina cervical cancer prevention needs. The findings of this project have also improved the development of Latino outreach efforts by identifying the need for future health education projects.