Both unintended and adolescent childbearing disproportionately impact the Latina population of the United States. Reproductive health studies of Latinas have also found lower use of contraception. However, the literature lacks a systematic exploration into this behavior. We propose a project that will utilize the Behavioral Model for Underserved Populations as a guiding framework. This model has been used to study health service utilization in the homeless population and breast and cervical cancer screening in low-income minority women. We aim to survey adolescent and young Latinas, aged 15 to 24, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, in order to systematically assess their contraceptive behavior and to elucidate which factors are modifiable and/or essential targets for tailored intervention strategies. Participants will be recruited from Alivio Medical Center, a group of urban community and school based health centers that serves low-income and predominantly Mexican Latinos. This project will involve the partnership of Alivio from development to dissemination and will establish a research foundation for future projects. Our analysis will gauge the legitimacy of applying this model to the Latina population and contraception. The findings from this project will advance the understanding of contraceptive behavior in Latinas, will improve contraceptive counseling for this population and will inform future intervention research focused on diminishing disparities in unintended and adolescent births for this vulnerable population.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/13 → 6/30/14|
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AGMT 3/4/2013)
- Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AGMT 3/4/2013)
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