Use of a Lay Health Advisor Model to bring Sexual and Reproductive Justice to Latinos in Milwaukee

Project Overview

7th Funding Cycle Development Award
     Project Start Date:   1/1/2012
     Project End Date: 12/31/2013 - No Cost Extension Through: 6/30/2014
     Award Amount:       $200,000

Project Goal Statement: To evaluate the implementation of a Lay Health Advisor Model, including culturally competent social marketing and home health education gatherings, to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for Latino youth and adults in Milwaukee.

 Community Partner(s):

Primary Community Partner: Tanya Atkinson, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Additional community partner organization names:

  • CORE/El Centro
  • Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.
  • Holy Angels Old Catholic Church
 Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner:

  • Carol Galletly, JD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (starting August 2013)
  • Julia Lechuga, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (through July 2013)
 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2012 - 8/31/2012
Project Progress Report Summary 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013
Project Final Report Summary

 Affiliated Web Pages:

CORE/El Centro
Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by the project partners)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Shared information about the project and sexual and reproductive health services through two 30 minute radio sessions catering to the Latino community in Madison and Waukesha (January-September 2012)
    • Interviewed by the Isthmus newspaper about the partnership and project (September 2012)
    • Briefed the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC about the project’s work with lay health advisors (January-September 2012)
    • Developed project training manual
    • Conducted two Latino summits to disseminate project information and provide educational sessions
    • Conducted three 30 minute radio presentations
    • Conducted a conference for local researchers and health professionals at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research
  • Presentations
    • Presentation to the MCW Center for AIDS Intervention Research
    • Presentations at Planned Parenthood local and national conferences
    • Presentation at the American Psychological Conference Division 45 (June 2014)
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E:

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