Community Research


Breaking barriers to contraceptive access among recent Latino immigrants in South Carolina: A community based participatory research study

While access to family planning services has expanded significantly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, access to and information on family planning services remains limited for certain populations, including new immigrants.This project seeks to examine the factors influencing Latino immigrants’ access to family planning education and services in South Carolina. Community Health Workers from PASOs and faculty from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina are partnering to conduct much-need research using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodologies.Through interactive focus groups and individual interviews in three sites in South Carolina, this project aims to better understand community members’ preferences for and acceptability of different contraceptive methods, improve patient-provider communication, including contraceptive counseling, and use the research findings to guide ways of improving family planning services for Latino immigrants in South Carolina. The results of this project will be disseminated at the local and state level in order to highlight how to improve Latina/os’ access to family planning services through policy and programmatic change and will be incorporated in our new Reproductive Health Program.

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