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Developing a Latinx Youth Research Advisory Board to Address and Dismantle Structural Inequities in Emerging Latinx communities

Ragavan, Maya and Bañales, Josefina and Goodkind, Sara and Documet, Patricia and Ross, Sharon and Ochoa, José and Gutschow, Benjamin and Ruiz, Mónica and Escobar-Rivera, Diana (2021) Developing a Latinx Youth Research Advisory Board to Address and Dismantle Structural Inequities in Emerging Latinx communities. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021.

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In this proposal, we will create a multidisciplinary community-academic partnership to develop a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) study with Latinx youth living in Pittsburgh, PA (or the surrounding region), which is an emerging (or new growth) Latinx immigrant community. Our team will use YPAR—an approach that centers youths’ voices in research by investigating and acting on issues that are of concern to youth and their families—to develop a Youth Research Action Collaborative. This Collaborative will include Latinx youth ages 14 to 18 with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Faculty will guide youth through creating and implementing research that aims to dismantle structural inequities, such as White supremacy, xenophobia, and language barriers. This “Teaming” grant includes community partners from the Latinx empowerment organization Casa San José, as well as a multidisciplinary team of faculty with backgrounds in psychology, social work, education, medicine, and public health. The goals of this proposal are threefold: 1) develop the Youth Research Action Collaborative with Latinx youth in Pittsburgh; 2) design and implement a research curriculum for youth leaders; and 3) conceptualize, implement, and analyze a pilot study using Photovoice to explore how structural racism impacts Latinx youth in Pittsburgh. Collaborations nurtured through this work, coupled with data from the YPAR project, will inform larger external grants to the National Institutes of Health and the WT Grant Foundation to develop a research program around addressing structural inequities experienced by Latinx youth in emerging Latinx communities.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ragavan, MayaMIR99@pitt.eduMIR99
Bañales, Josefinajbanales23@pitt.edujbanales230000-0003-0119-3847
Goodkind, Sarasara.goodkind@pitt.edu0000-0003-2936-0686
Documet, Patriciadocumetp@gmail.com0000-0001-5943-4389
Ross, Sharonseross@pitt.edu0000-0002-3556-598X
Ochoa, José
Ruiz, Mó
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2021
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/gkk2-sk37
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
School of Education > Health and Physical Activity
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
School of Social Work > Social Work
Refereed: No
Other ID: 4125
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2021 19:11
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 19:57


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