The Health Ethnographic Study was designed to enhance the capacity-building potential of practitioners (i.e.; social service and health providers) serving Latino migrant laborers. Initial research involved collaboration with community based organizations and providers in San Francisco and Monterey Counties.
Qualitative researchers were partnered with outreach health workers in acquiring information and providing basic health services information and referrals. Latino migrant laborers who volunteered to participate in the study were provided information, referrals and access to basic social and health services.
- Rapid Assessment Response and Evaluation (RARE) methodologies were employed that allow for time-sensitive development of community-based intervention strategies
- Research strategies that are interdisciplinary
- Applied research methods that entail partnership and collaboration with `front-line’ health and social service providers
- Conjoining qualitative methods, with quantitative researchers and actual service providers
Data from this study is currently being analyzed and written, but is already being shared with practitioners and organizations serving Latino migrant laborers for their use.
Collaboration is on-going with the State of California Department of Health Services/Office of AIDS, which funded this study.