The Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health is focused on building community-based participatory research (CBPR) programs that translate research findings toward the elimination of health disparities and building healthier communities. CBPR recognizes the community as a unit of identity, builds on the unique strengths and resources of the community, promotes co-learning and capacity building among partners and works with partners to share and disseminate knowledge gained through research.
CBPR has been successfully implemented in Latino communities by several researchers in cancer awareness, training, education and screening, and treating tobacco use, and by Dr. Cupertino and others in evaluating tobacco use and promoting other health behaviors.
According to the United States 2010 census, 10.5% of Kansans are Latinos. The Latino population in Kansas grew 59.4% between 2000 and 2010, from 188,252 residents to 300,032 residents. Latinos continue to be an integral part of Kansas’ past, present and future. Despite this shift in demographics, Latinos currently face significant health disparities, particularly in the area of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and the incidence of invasive cancers.
The Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health is committed to building community partnerships in order to eliminate health disparities and building healthier communities throughout the state of Kansas.
There are four objectives that guide our work:
1. Promote the development of a community-based participatory research program to advance Latino health in rural and urban areas of Kansas
2. To reduce cancer-related disparities among Latinos by advancing screening, smoking cessation and disseminating cancer prevention messages among Latinos in Kansas
3. Promote cultural training of existing providers and the development of future healthcare providers competent in Latino Health
4. Develop coordinated bilateral efforts between KUMC and Latin American countries (primarily Mexico) to conduct research, teaching and information exchange in the field of Latino Health