The overall mission of the center will be to improve the health of Latino families through research and service. We seek to improve public awareness, health service delivery, and culturally responsive research for vulnerable populations of Latinas and their families. We seek interdisciplinary collaboration between social scientists, community organizations, and health care providers and scholars.
The LMFHRC is a college level research and community engagement research center. The center is unique in that it is a partnership between academia and community. The directors of the center work together to identify funding opportunities that will foster research and practice that empowers low-income Latino communities to improve mental and physical health. Research projects, community programs and training opportunities that focus on awareness and intervention for improved health outcomes are encouraged.
|Rebecca Mauldin, MSW||Yu (“Jessica”) Miao, MPH|
W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded the “Culturally Responsive Intervention to Improve Maternal and Child Wellbeing”. P3034645 June 2016-May 2018.
Urban Strategies mission is to tool, connect, and resource grassroots organizations to serve children and families in need. Our diverse staff have extensive experience working with and through faith-based and community organizations to affect sustainable change. Urban Strategies has designed and implemented numerous initiatives designed to enhance the future of low-income individuals and neighborhoods. This knowledge and experience has been almost exclusively focused on communities of color and organizations indigenous to communities in need. Urban Strategies’ cultural competency is a significant factor in impacting the effectiveness of organizations served. Urban Strategies provides expertise and on the ground training and data collection as part of their contribution to the center.
Culturally Responsive Intervention to Improve Maternal and Child Wellbeing (Principal Investigator: Sampson): This two year project aims to include Latina mothers and community members in the adaptation of a home visiting intervention to decrease postpartum depression developed by Dr. Sampson. The project has two phases: Phase 1 includes focus groups with mothers and family members at 6 agency sites across the country (2 in Texas). Phase 2 includes the delivery of the intervention (“PST4PPD”) by promatoras to Latina mothers who have scored high for postpartum depression symptoms. The intervention can be delivered in English or Spanish.