Culturally relevant strategies for intervention design and implementation, emphasizing strengths and resources, are essential to address cardiovascular health disparities among older Hispanic women. The purpose of this article is to present the process and results of focus group discussions conducted to understand the meaning of cultural, social, and contextual strengths to promote motivation for physical activity and cardiovascular health in this population. The PEN-3 model guided analysis of focus group data. Fifteen older Hispanic women (mean = 61, SD = 6) participated in 3 focus groups. Three interrelated domains were evaluated: (a) cultural identity, (b) relationships and expectations, and (c) cultural empowerment.
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia (Dr Perez); and College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix (Dr Fleury).
Correspondence: Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Blvd, Room 411, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This study was funded by NIH/NINR (#F31NR010049-01A1) and National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellowship (#09-230).
The authors declare no conflict of interest.