In North Carolina, health disparities for the emergent Latino population are well documented. Between 2005 and 2009, a community-university engagement model with Latino leaders and university faculty and students in rural eastern North Carolina worked to address solutions to health disparities among Latinos. Based on principles of community-based participatory research, this model focused on partnership formation and capacity building. Community partners acquired leadership and research skills. University partners gained a local understanding of Latino health through collaborative community and systems-level initiatives. Mutual benefits were achieved in partnerships established, resources leveraged, and community members reached. These strategies can be replicated in other communities that have an immigrant Latino population, community-oriented, bilingual health professionals, and a university committed to engagement.
Larson, Kim and McQuiston, Chris
"Building Capacity to Improve Latino Health in Rural North Carolina: A Case Study in Community-University Engagement,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol5/iss1/3