February 18, 2021
Public Health Nursing Journal
Lisa Ross DeCamp, MD, MSPH; Jennifer Acosta, MPH; Laura Bou Delgado, BA; Monica Guerrero Vazquez, MPH; Sarah Polk, MD, ScM
Latino children have disproportionately high childhood obesity rates, and U.S.- born Latino children of immigrant parents experience higher overweight/obesity rates than other Latino children. Community- based participatory research (CBPR) to engage Latino immigrant families and Latino- serving community organizations is one mechanism to address the lack of effective and practical interventions addressing childhood obesity disparities among Latino children. We present lessons learned from applying CBPR methods to a partnership focused on developing a child obesity treatment program for Latino immigrant families in an emerging Latino immigrant destination to inform the use of CBPR methods in other partnerships in emerging immigrant communities. We encountered challenges working within the partnership related to entrenched sociopolitical hierarchies that were not inclusive of immigrant community leaders, capacity building for partners with limited literacy and administrative experience, and how best to use complementary methods and frameworks to support a community-engaged research process. This work is one way to pro-mote shared learning among the community of researchers using CBPR and other engagement methods to partner with emerging immigrant communities. Together with our community partners, we can identify strategies to more effectively partner to promote health equity and work toward social justice for all members of our communities.
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DeCamp LR, Acosta J, Bou Delgado L, Guerrero Vazquez M, Polk S. Community partnerships in emerging immigrant communities: Lessons learned addressing Latino childhood weight disparities. Public Health Nurs. 2021;00:1– 8. https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12875