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A Community-Engaged Research Approach to Improve Mental Health Among Latina Immigrants: ALMA Photovoice.

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Perez, G; Della Valle, P; Paraghamian, S; Page, R; Ochoa, J; Palomo, F; Suarez, E; Thrasher, A; Tran, AN; Corbie-Smith, G
Published in: Health Promot Pract
May 2016

Recent Latina immigrants are at increased risk of poor mental health due to stressors associated with adapting to life in the United States. Existing social and health care policies often do not adequately address the mental health concerns of new Latino populations. Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma, a community-partnered research project, seeks to improve immigrant Latinas' mental health outcomes. Using Photovoice methodology, promotoras (lay health advisors) reflected on community factors affecting mental health through photography and guided discussion. Discussions were audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded using content analysis to identify salient themes. Promotoras reviewed codes to develop themes that they presented in community forums to reach local policy makers and to increase community awareness. These forums included an exhibit of the promotoras' photographs and discussion of action steps to address community concerns. Themes included transitioning to life in the United States, parenting, education, and combating racism. Nearly 150 stakeholders attended the community forums and proposed responses to promotoras' photographic themes. Our findings suggest that Photovoice provides an opportunity for Latinas and the larger community to identify issues that they find most important and to explore avenues for action and change by creating sustainable partnerships between the community and forum attendees.

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Health Promot Pract

DOI

ISSN

1524-8399

Publication Date

May 2016

Volume

17

Issue

3

Start / End Page

429 / 439

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Social Isolation
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Qualitative Research
  • Photography
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Health
  • Humans
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Health Promotion
 

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Perez, G., Della Valle, P., Paraghamian, S., Page, R., Ochoa, J., Palomo, F., … Corbie-Smith, G. (2016). A Community-Engaged Research Approach to Improve Mental Health Among Latina Immigrants: ALMA Photovoice. Health Promot Pract, 17(3), 429–439. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839915593500
Perez, Georgina, Pamela Della Valle, Sarah Paraghamian, Rachel Page, Janet Ochoa, Fabiana Palomo, Emilia Suarez, Angela Thrasher, Anh N. Tran, and Giselle Corbie-Smith. “A Community-Engaged Research Approach to Improve Mental Health Among Latina Immigrants: ALMA Photovoice.Health Promot Pract 17, no. 3 (May 2016): 429–39. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839915593500.
Perez G, Della Valle P, Paraghamian S, Page R, Ochoa J, Palomo F, et al. A Community-Engaged Research Approach to Improve Mental Health Among Latina Immigrants: ALMA Photovoice. Health Promot Pract. 2016 May;17(3):429–39.
Perez, Georgina, et al. “A Community-Engaged Research Approach to Improve Mental Health Among Latina Immigrants: ALMA Photovoice.Health Promot Pract, vol. 17, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 429–39. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1524839915593500.
Perez G, Della Valle P, Paraghamian S, Page R, Ochoa J, Palomo F, Suarez E, Thrasher A, Tran AN, Corbie-Smith G. A Community-Engaged Research Approach to Improve Mental Health Among Latina Immigrants: ALMA Photovoice. Health Promot Pract. 2016 May;17(3):429–439.
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Published In

Health Promot Pract

DOI

ISSN

1524-8399

Publication Date

May 2016

Volume

17

Issue

3

Start / End Page

429 / 439

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Social Isolation
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Qualitative Research
  • Photography
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Health
  • Humans
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Health Promotion