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The Latino Migrant Worker HIV Prevention Program: Building a Community Partnership Through a Community Health Worker Training Program

Sánchez, Jesús PhD; Silva-Suarez, Georgina MPH; Serna, Claudia A. MPH; De La Rosa, Mario PhD

Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3182465153
Lay Health Promoters/Community Health Workers
Abstract

There is limited information on the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on Latino migrant workers (LMWs), although available data indicate that this community is being disproportionally affected. The need for prevention programs that address the specific needs of LMWs is becoming well recognized. HIV prevention interventions that train and employ community health workers are a culturally appropriate way to address the issues of community trust and capacity building in this community. This article describes the Latino Migrant Worker HIV Prevention Program and its efforts to train and engage community health workers in the prevention of HIV among LMWs in South Florida.

Author Information

Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Dr Sánchez); Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Mss Silva-Suarez and Serna) and School of Social Work (Dr De La Rosa), Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami.

Correspondence: Jesús Sánchez, PhD, Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, 3200 S University Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328 (js2769@nova.edu).

The authors thank the Latino migrant worker community in Homestead, South Florida. This study could not have been conducted without their generous support and collaboration. This research was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (award no. P20MD002288).

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities or the National Institutes of Health.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.