A collaborative mental health research agenda in a community of poor and underserved Latinos

Maria Rosa Watson, Stacey Kaltman, Tiffany G. Townsend, Tawara Goode, Marcela Campoli

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The goal of this project was to engage community members and grassroots organizations in a discussion regarding perceived mental health needs and priorities of the population of underserved Latinos in Montgomery County, Maryland. Community-based participatory research was used to establish structures for participation and to design studies that effectively address local mental health needs. Four focus groups with 30 Latino lay health promoters and 20 key informant interviews were conducted to ascertain communal mental health needs and priorities. The main issues that emerged included mental health stigma, consequences of immigration-related stress, violence and alcoholism, and concerns about psychotropic medications. Ideas to address these issues and foster wellness through research were generated during a community-based workshop that included consumers, primary care and mental health clinicians, researchers, and representatives of local organizations and federal agencies. The product of this process was an implementable mental health research agenda, which is presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-687
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral health
  • CBPR
  • Community engagement
  • Latinos
  • Mental health
  • Public health planning
  • Research agenda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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