Using Community-Based Participatory Research and Human-Centered Design to Address Violence-Related Health Disparities Among Latino/a Youth

Fam Community Health. 2017 Apr/Jun;40(2):160-169. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000145.


High rates of exposure to violence and other adversities among Latino/a youth contribute to health disparities. The current article addresses the ways in which community-based participatory research (CBPR) and human-centered design (HCD) can help engage communities in dialogue and action. We present a project exemplifying how community forums, with researchers, practitioners, and key stakeholders, including youths and parents, integrated HCD strategies with a CBPR approach. Given the potential for power inequities among these groups, CBPR + HCD acted as a catalyst for reciprocal dialogue and generated potential opportunity areas for health promotion and change. Future directions are described.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Healthcare Disparities / trends*
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Violence / ethnology*