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Purpose/goal of the project

The goal of this study is to capture key aspects of health determinants including social, physical, and behavioral components, in a sample of the Latino population in Milwaukee to inform future studies.

Description of the study/SHOW involvement in the project

Over the years, the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) has been building partnerships with community leaders throughout the state to gain trust and to design health research surveys that address issues and problems that are important to the particular community. One such partnership we started building in early 2018, and fostered by previous UW collaborations, is with leaders in the Latino population on the South Side of Milwaukee.

SHOW is collaborating with the United Community Center to identify specific health-related topics that will not only support innovative biomedical research, but also provide data to develop community-based health promotion efforts. Based on input from community focus groups and guidance from community leaders, SHOW and United Community Center have selected priority topics that include: access to proper healthcare and family history of diabetes and other diseases.

Why the study is being done

To understand causes and consequences of ongoing health disparities, it is important to have a representative sample of individuals from diverse communities to provide evidence-based solutions to local and state policymakers and health care providers. Yet, minorities are still largely under-represented in current biomedical and population research.

Traditionally, SHOW has recruited members of randomly selected households to participate in the study, but due to fear and mistrust that exist in the Latino community, it was recommended by community leaders to find an alternative to random knocking on doors. For this pilot study we will offer open recruitment at United Community Center and various community events where interested individuals will be able to sign up for the survey. To build trust with the community and to increase the successful execution of this pilot, SHOW will have bilingual and bicultural field interviewers, and will provide interpreters at bio-sample collection appointments.