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J Community Health. 2009 Jun;34(3):195-201. doi: 10.1007/s10900-008-9140-6.

Richmond Latino needs assessment: a community-university partnership to identify health concerns and service needs for Latino youth.

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Department of Psychology & Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284, USA. racorona@vcu.edu

Abstract

The presence of Latinos in Virginia is a new phenomenon and as a result, less is known about the health needs of these newest community members. We formed a community-university partnership to identify health concerns and service needs as they relate to Latino youth living in Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding area. Using a mixed-method approach, survey data was obtained from 212 Latino adults, qualitative interviews were conducted with 15 community leaders and focus groups with 23 Latino parents (16 mothers, 7 fathers) and 6 Latino boys. Participants expressed concern about sexually transmitted infections/pregnancy among youth (76%), youth behavior problems at home/school (75%), and mental health problems (75%). Participants also expressed worry that youth would lose their connection to their Latin culture (83%). Qualitative data provided more information regarding these concerns by linking them with inter-ethnic tensions, and immigration and acculturation-related stressors. Survey participants also indicated a need for bilingual mental health services (88%) and after-school programs for youth (94%). This study provided the local community with information on the health concerns and service needs of a new group of community youth-Latino youth. Findings were presented to local community and City organizations that used the information to respond to the identified needs and/or concerns. The process in which the data was obtained may prove useful to other individuals interested in obtaining local level health information in emerging communities.

PMID:
19132518
DOI:
10.1007/s10900-008-9140-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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