Research Report


Research Report

Global Evidence for Peer Support: Humanizing Health Care

Peers for Progress and NCLR,

Publication Type: Research Report

Peer support presents a unique opportunity for health care planning and management. Clear evidence shows concrete benefits for individuals and systems, including cost-effectiveness. As an important humanizing force in health care, it changes the way we look at health. To bring peer support to diverse populations and settings, the key functions provide a framework for standardization and flexible adaptation. This report sets the course for scalable, feasible implementation that reaches whole populations, engages those too often left behind in health care, improves outcomes as well as quality of life, and reduces unnecessary burden and costs. This report features the evidence... Read More

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An Inside Look at Chronic Disease and Health Care among Hispanics in the United States

NCLR, in collaboration with John Snow, Inc. (JSI), (July 14, 2014)

Issue: Health, Chronic Disease
Publication Type: Research Report

The health of the United States is closely tied to that of Hispanic Americans. Approximately 50.6 million people now identify themselves as Hispanic American, and by 2060 that number is expected to double to almost one-third of the U.S. population. As the Latino community grows, so will the prevalence of chronic conditions that Hispanics face, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, obesity, and related complications. Addressing chronic diseases among Hispanics is imperative to improving the nation’s health and maximizing its resources. NCLR, in partnership with public health consulting firm John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., designed and... Read More

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Young Latino Men’s Employment Prospects: Monthly Latino Employment Report

Catherine Singley Harvey, (July 3, 2014)

Issue: Economy and Employment
Publication Type: Research Report

Young Latino Men’s Employment Prospects Highlights from the New NCLR Report on Millennials Practitioners and researchers generally agree that early work experience offers young people vital skills that benefit them throughout their careers. This Monthly Latino Employment Report highlights key findings from a new NCLR report, Giving Them an Edge? The Effects of Work Experience on the Employment Prospects of Latino Young Men. Read More

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Banking In Color: New Findings on Financial Access for Low-and-Moderate Income Communities

NCLR, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), and National Urban League (NUL), (May 28, 2014)

Issue: Wealth Building
Publication Type: Research Report

This paper provides findings from a survey of low-and-moderate income communities of color, and their levels of financial engagement. Findings cover the themes of bank account ownership, use of alternative financial services, use of technology in banking, and savings. Read More

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Integrando Nuestra Visión: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

NCLR/CSULB Center, (April 17, 2014)

Issue: Health
Publication Type: Research Report, White Paper

The goals of this white paper are to: 1) theorize about the multilevel causes and contexts of HIV/AIDS in Latino communities; 2) use national HIV surveillance data to describe the breadth and depth of the pandemic, particularly now that all fifty states are included in the national HIV/AIDS surveillance database; 3) provide a selective review and critique of state-of-the-art prevention and treatment research through a Latino lens that promotes cutting-edge work that integrates community and family systems, cultural capital, creativity, resilience, and other cultural assets into our nation’s HIV/AIDS research paradigm; and 4) provide a series of recommendations ranging from... Read More

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Peer Support in Health: Evidence to Action

The National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network, (April 4, 2014)

Issue: Health Care Reform, Health
Publication Type: Research Report

To address the challenges of peer support program expansion and dissemination as well as the emerging opportunities, such as through the Affordable Care Act, the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network brought together a group of key opinion leaders, experts in the field, researchers, leaders of peer support programs and organizations, funders, Network members, NCLR Affiliates, and other members of the Peers for Progress Global Network. The diverse stakeholders at the conference represented community-based organizations, health care organizations, insurance groups and government agencies. Drawing from our dialogue with these participants, this report distills their collective wisdom regarding cultural, organizational, and... Read More

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Five Latino Economic Priorities in the President’s Budget

NCLR, (March 7, 2014)

Publication Type: Research Report

After years of federal budget policies that have slashed critical programs in order to rapidly shrink the federal budget deficit, President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 offers policy priorities to stimulate hiring and wages in the communities suffering the lasting effects of the Great Recession. Read More

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Expanded Learning Opportunities: Helping Latino Students Achieve Success

NCLR, (January 7, 2014)

Issue: Education
Publication Type: Research Report

As states, districts, and schools work to improve academic rigor so that all students graduate prepared for college and careers, it has become clear that more learning time and building additional capacity within the public education system are essential. These issues have particular implications for Latino students, especially English language learners (ELLs). Hispanic children face multiple barriers to educational success, including high levels of poverty, low levels of parental education, and disparate rates of preschool and prekindergarten participation. Read More

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Person Created, Population Focused, Community Oriented Peer Support

NCLR and Peers for Progress of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, (December 20, 2013)

Issue: Health, Health Care Stories
Publication Type: Research Report

On November 12 and 13, 2013, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Peers for Progress of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation hosted a meeting of leaders in health care and in peer support programs to discuss current strengths and needs in the field. This discussion would then guide 2014 activities of the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network, a joint activity of NCLR and Peers for Progress, supported by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s initiative, Together on Diabetes. The discussions from this meeting identified features of peer support that point to an expanded, scalable approach to its... Read More

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Emerging Latino Communities Initiative 2001-2011 Impact Study

Loren McArthur and Janet Hernandez, (October 15, 2013)

Publication Type: Research Report

This report presents findings gathered from a survey of representatives and staff from organizations that participated in NCLR's Emerging Latino Communities (ELC) Initiative between 2001 and 2011.  It examines the role the program played in helping Latino community-based organizations increase their organizational sustainability and advance meaningful social change on the issues impacting their communities. Read More

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Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics

National Council of La Raza and the Equal Rights Center, (July 19, 2013)

Issue: Housing
Publication Type: Research Report

The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home. The investigation utilized a “matched pair” methodology, where Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually identical profiles interacted with housing agents in a variety of scenarios. The results revealed that Latino testers experienced at least one type of adverse, differential treatment in 95 of the 225 tests (42%) that were conducted in these three cities. Read More

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Making the Mortgage Market Work for America’s Families

Center for American Progress and the National Council of La Raza, (June 5, 2013)

Issue: Housing, Wealth Building
Publication Type: Research Report

Report on current mortgage market problems and opportunities for financial reform. Read More

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Latino Financial Access and Inclusion in California

NCLR, (June 4, 2013)

Issue: Wealth-Building
Publication Type: Research Report

This report is based on a financial survey of Latinos in California. The report findings include use of financial products and services used by the community, experiences with financial institutions, and the use of technology in banking. Read More

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NCLR Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success

Frank A. Mirabal, (June 29, 2007)

Issue: Escalera
Publication Type: Research Report

NCLR Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success Bridging the Workforce Gap by Developing 21st Century Skills for Latino Students Read More

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Bright Green:  Five Metropolitan Areas Where the Latino Workforce and the Clean Economy Overlap

Catherine Singley and NCLR, (February 6, 2013)

Issue: Economy and Workforce, Economy and Employment
Publication Type: Research Report

The growth of the Latino workforce and the push toward environmental sustainability will both define the future of the American economy. This report compares the occupational and educational profiles of the Hispanic workforce and the clean economy in five metropolitan areas to gauge the degree to which Latinos are participating in the clean economy. It offers early clues about policy interventions that could better align the fastest-growing segment of the labor force with some of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. Read More

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Dual Language Learner Teacher Competencies (DLLTC) Report

Alliance for A Better Community in collaboration with NCLR, (December 18, 2012)

Issue: Education, Children and Youth
Publication Type: Research Report

As the dual language learner (DLL) population increases, teachers with and without knowledge of a child’s first language and culture are faced with how best to effectively interact with and educate a rapidly growing segment of the child population.  Teachers’ knowledge of first- and second-language acquisition, the role of culture in learning, and, very importantly, the role of language for a child’s healthy socioemotional functioning are key components influencing teacher behavior.  How effective teachers are with dual language learners has enormous implications not only for the educational progression of dual language children, but also for the broader economic well-being of... Read More

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Now Hiring?  Latinos and the Job Creation Policies in the South Atlantic

Alicia Criado and NCLR, (October 22, 2012)

Issue: Economy and Employment
Publication Type: Research Report

The purpose of this report is to examine the implications of South Atlantic state job creation policies on Latino workers’ ability to obtain employment in the region. Read More

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LEAP:  A Model for Increasing Latino Civic Participation

NCLR and Crossroads Campaign Solutions, Inc., (May 5, 2012)

Issue: Advocacy & Empowerment, Civic Engagement, LEAP
Publication Type: Research Report

NCLR created the Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Program (LEAP) in 2001 to strengthen the nonpartisan foundation for greater Latino participation in the political process. Read More

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Raising the Bar: Implementing Common Core State Standards for Latino Student Success

NCLR, (April 17, 2012)

Issue: Common Core, Education
Publication Type: Research Report

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state-led, voluntary effort to establish a single set of clear educational standards for English language arts and mathematics that states can share and voluntarily adopt. These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared for college, work, and success in the global economy. Read More

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Counting Latino Youth in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

NCLR, (December 9, 2011)

Issue: Children and Youth, Juvenile Justice
Publication Type: Research Report

The report details the inadequacy of information on Hispanic youth, who constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, and highlights this lack of data as a major barrier to developing strategies and policies that can effectively prevent young Latinos from becoming caught up in the justice system.  Panelists will discuss the problems posed by the insufficient data and review recommendations offered in the report. Read More

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