Research Report


Research Report

Integrando Nuestra Visión: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

Publication Type: Research Report

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, 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

(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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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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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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¿A Dónde Vamos?

Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis et al., (December 2, 2011)

Issue: Health
Publication Type: Research Report

"¿A Dónde Vamos?:  Directions for Culturally Relevant Latino Community Involvement in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services Research," a report produced by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), provides an extensive analysis of the growing HIV/AIDS crisis among Latino subgroups in the U.S., incorporating existing literature, findings from numerous community-based organizations, and data collected from government agencies.  Furthermore, it offers a contextual understanding of the Hispanic HIV/AIDS crisis that includes social, cultural, and structural-environmental factors.  The report concludes with recommendations for the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS through contextualized community-based participatory research and service provision in partnership with the... Read More

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Preschool Education:  Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children

Erika Beltrán and NCLR, (June 30, 2011)

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

Latino student achievement has emerged as a central issue in education reform debates.  After decades of neglect and disregard for the persistent disparities faced by these students, this attention is both welcome and long overdue.  There is growing recognition that our nation’s public education system will only succeed in producing a 21st-century workforce and developing the next generation of leaders if we reverse the Latino educational crisis. Read More

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Comer Bien:  The Challenges of Nourishing Latino Children and Families

Kara Ryan, (July 8, 2011)

Issue: Health, Comer Bien, Health and Nutrition, Children and Youth
Publication Type: Research Report

Latino families, like millions of others across the United States, do their best to put nutritious food on their tables every day, but the healthiest foods are too often unaffordable or inaccessible.  Many Americans struggle to buy enough food for everyone in the family, and sometimes that means choosing cheaper food that is filling, but less nutritious.  Access to healthy foods is often at the crux of child hunger and childhood obesity—both problems that plague the Latino community.  About 38% of Latino children are considered to be overweight or obese, giving Latinos some of the highest child obesity rates in... Read More

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We Needed the Work:  Latino Worker Voices in the New Economy

NCLR, (May 24, 2011)

Issue: Economy and Employment, Economy and Workforce, Occupational Safety and Health, Wages and Income
Publication Type: Research Report

This publication is a collection of stories told to NCLR researchers by Latinos working in low-wage jobs throughout metropolitan Washington, DC.  They illustrate the vulnerability and lack of recourse for workers in the low-wage, low-skill labor market where violations of labor laws and health and safety standards are widespread.  To strengthen our current and future workforce, citizens and voters should heed these stories and call on their leaders to restore dignity and respect for the millions of American workers who are the foundation of our economy. Read More

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Plugged In:  Positive Development Strategies for Disconnected Latino Youth

Ana Hageage, (April 25, 2011)

Issue: Economy and Workforce, Youth, Career Pathways, Education
Publication Type: Research Report

Educational attainment is one of the strongest predictors of future earnings. However, for 42 percent of the country’s Latino youth, this traditional pathway to economic mobility is fraught with challenges. This report profiles the disconnected youth pilot of the NCLR Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success which addresses the obstacles faced by young Hispanics. Read More

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Engaging the Latino Electorate

Lindsay Daniels and NCLR, (March 3, 2011)

Issue: Civic Engagement, Voter Education Materials
Publication Type: Research Report

Over the last decade, Latino voters were often referred to as the “sleeping giant” of American politics, poised to exert influence but not yet awakened to their electoral potential. After the level of Hispanic voter participation in the 2008 and 2010 elections, the size and potential of the Latino electorate is no longer in question—9.7 million Hispanics voted in 2008, composing 7.4% of all votes cast and proving to be a crucial constituency in southwestern battleground states. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the necessary work and investments will be made to ensure that the full potential of... Read More

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