Lisa M. Edwards (Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology; Education)
Lucas Torres (Psychology; Arts & Sciences)
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LWRI EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: MILWAUKEE/WISCONSIN LATINA/O HEALTH DATA
A review of three health reports (Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait Report, The Milwaukee County Health Survey and Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report: Hispanic/Latino Population) of Milwaukee county and the state of Wisconsin was completed. LWRI’s executive summary includes main findings from these reports regarding health disparities among the Latina/o community, including poverty, mental stress, and aversive child experiences. Click here to read LWRI's executive summary
SALUD MENTAL MILWAUKEE
Salud Mental Milwaukee is a city-wide survey of mental health among Latina/o adults in the Milwaukee area. This survey builds upon existing health and population surveys about Latina/os in Milwaukee but focuses more specifically on mental health. This survey assesses a variety of demographic and psychological constructs, including: insurance and documentation status, PTSD symptoms, depressive symptoms, suicidality, physical health, anxiety symptoms, substance use, and interpersonal violence. Importantly, this survey also includes measures assessing Latina/o cultural values, life satisfaction, and hope.
Data collection for Salud Mental Milwaukee is ongoing.
Health Opportunities Leading to Access in Milwaukee (HOLA MKE) seeks to mitigate the negative consequences associated with social determinates of health and increase accessibility to mental and physical care services to the Latina/o community by developing and implementing a Community Health Worker model. HOLA MKE has two specific aims: 1) seek to develop and implement a specialized CHW training program tailored to the unique experiences of Latina/o individuals in Milwaukee; and 2) examine the effectiveness of the CHW model in reducing psychological symptoms and adherence to treatment for chronic health conditions (e.g., diabetes). A tailored and culturally sensitive CHW model will help pave and reinforce the path between patients, healthcare providers and related community health resources.