Through this project, the research team aimed to:

  1. learn what Latino youth know about health research,
  2. explore participants’ views on research burden and participation in health studies, including involvement in participatory action research, and
  3. elicit participants’ perspectives on action research priorities for immigrant children and youth.

The project was carried out in collaboration with Mary’s Center, a federally qualified health center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to poor Latinos in DC.  This project built on previous engagement with the Center’s youth programs to recruit young Latino co-researchers. The information collected in the course of this research enabled the researchers to:

  1. assess underserved and underrepresented immigrant youth’s knowledge about health research;
  2. identify barriers and facilitators to conducting participatory action health research with immigrant youth in the inner-city;
  3. develop a community informed list of potential action research topics; and
  4. identify youth to participate in future community-based participatory action research initiatives.