Client(s): Health Quarters
Services: Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation
Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Disparities
Latinas Rompiendo Barreras de Salud (Latinas Breaking Health Barriers) was a community-based participatory research project funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to engage Latinas in Lawrence, Massachusetts in identifying barriers, challenges, and gaps in their reproductive and family planning knowledge and use of services. Through this project, JSI and its partner Health Quarters, researched traditional practices and products used by Latinas for reproductive health that are brought to the United States from their country of origin, purchased in bodagas or botanicas, or made at home. A final report of three focus groups presents the study findings. A follow-up survey of 186 Latinas was conducted by promotoras (health promoters) from Health Quarters to gather information from a larger segment of the community. The data was reviewed and analyzed by the project team and a final report was released in May, 2011. Results will be used to validate practices that are useful and beneficial and to educate women of those that may not work and could even be harmful.