Community Alliance for Research and Engagement CARE

New Haven, CT, United States

Community Alliance for Research and Engagement CARE

New Haven, CT, United States
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Otiniano A.D.,University of California at Los Angeles | Carroll-Scott A.,Community Alliance for Research and Engagement CARE | Toy P.,University of California at Los Angeles | Wallace S.P.,University of California at Los Angeles
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health | Year: 2012

Promotores have unique access to underserved and hard-to-reach Latino communities facing health disparities. Although promotores are involved in community change, they rarely receive training that gives them the skills to be partners in research. We present a case study of promotoras who participated in a research capacity building course focused on assessing community health needs. Data comes from course application surveys, follow-up notes, and narratives from qualitative phone interviews of eight promotoras. Content analysis drawing from grounded theory was conducted to identify and describe emerging themes. Four themes emerged as promotoras discussed their experience learning basic research skills and teaching others: (1) challenges, (2) support, (3) building capacity, and (4) using research. Promotores play an important role in the health of Latino communities and are increasingly asked to participate in research processes; however they have few opportunities for training and professional development in this area. Capacity building opportunities for promotores need to be tailored to their needs and provide them with support. Fostering collaboration between promotores and partnering with local community-based organizations can help facilitate needed research skillbuilding among promotores. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011.


Gilstad-Hayden K.,CARE Community Alliance for Research and Engagement | Carroll-Scott A.,Drexel University | Rosenthal L.,Yale University | Peters S.M.,CARE Community Alliance for Research and Engagement | And 2 more authors.
Journal of School Health | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND: Schools are an important environmental context in children's lives and are part of the complex web of factors that contribute to childhood obesity. Increasingly, attention has been placed on the importance of school climate (connectedness, academic standards, engagement, and student autonomy) as 1 domain of school environment beyond health policies and education that may have implications for student health outcomes. The purpose of this study is to examine the association of school climate with body mass index (BMI) among urban preadolescents. METHODS: Health surveys and physical measures were collected among fifth- and sixth-grade students from 12 randomly selected public schools in a small New England city. School climate surveys were completed district-wide by students and teachers. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to test the association between students' BMI and schools' climate scores. RESULTS: After controlling for potentially confounding individual-level characteristics, a 1-unit increase in school climate score (indicating more positive climate) was associated with a 7-point decrease in students' BMI percentile. CONCLUSIONS: Positive school climate is associated with lower student BMI percentile. More research is needed to understand the mechanisms behind this relationship and to explore whether interventions promoting positive school climate can effectively prevent and/or reduce obesity. © 2014, American School Health Association.

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