Latino Laborer Health Ethnographic Study

The first project of the Latino Laborer Initiative, the Health Ethnographic Study was designed to initiate or 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 participat in the study were provided information, referrals and access to basic social and health services.

Methods included:

  • 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. Partially as a result of this project, a multi-university grant-writing team (SFSU, UC Berkeley, RTI International) is currently working on a qualitative/quantitative intervention study proposal, The role of alcohol in the health status of Latino day laborers, to be submitted as an RO1 grant application in the fall of 2007.

Collaboration is on-going with the State of California Department of Health Services/Office of AIDS, which funded this study.


Investigator: Dr. James Quesda