latinas living with hIV
HIV/AIDS is becoming more concentrated in ethnic/racial minorities, women, and the poor even as these subgroups have less and less access to effective therapy, health care, and prevention services. In Wisconsin, rates of HIV infection among Hispanic women are 19-fold greater compared to White women. Hispanics comprise 3.6% of the state’s female population, but account for 13% of reported cases of HIV in women. Relatively few US investigations have focused on Latinas living with HIV. These is a need for systematic attention to the ways in which cultural factors such as language, acculturation, and meaning of HIV illness affect Latinas (WISH,2006).
A community solidarity-building approach like community based participatory research (CBPR) holds great promise for developing and implementing culturally competent research and for devising policies and programs to reduce health disparities. In the tradition of liberationist movements, practitioners of CBPR work with community stakeholders as co-researchers to facilitate the production of knowledge directly useful to the groups themselves.
Pilot a CBPR approach to investigate the health issues and resource needs of urban HIV-infected Latinas residing in Milwaukee. Specific aims include:
May 1, 2007 – December 31, 2009
Center for Urban Population Health’s Center Scientist Development Program through the Wisconsin Partnership Fund
Zerpa-Uriona, V. (2008). Preliminary study findings were presented in Spanish at the Breaking the Silence on HIV/AIDS Conference, sponsored by Planned Parenthood to commemorate Latino HIV Awareness Day (October).
Stevens, P., Zerpa-Uriona, V., Barker, M., Toscano, M., Brautigam, A., Ward, J., Galvao, L., & Frazer, D. (2009). Challenges of Translating Research Findings to Social Action in Community-Based Participatory Research Studies. 11th Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference, Milwaukee, WI (scheduled for April but conference was subsequently cancelled due to the economic crisis).
Zerpa-Uriona, V. & Stevens, P. (2009). Struggles and Victories of 15 Latina Women Infected with HIV in Milwaukee. 33rd Annual Women’s Studies Conference/4th Annual LGBTQ Conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity, Madison, WI (April).
UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing
Patricia E. Stevens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Center for Urban Population Health
Loren Galvao, MD, MPH
Virginia Zerpa-Uriona, MPH
The Community Advisory Board consists of community members and individuals from the following organizations:
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
United Migrant Opportunity Services
The Healing Center
A community member affected by HIV
Statistics cited are from The epidemic of HIV infection in Wisconsin: Review of case surveillance data collected through 2006, Neil Hoxie, M.S., Epidemiologist, AIDS/HIV Program, Wisconsin Division of Public Health.