Promoting Latinx health equity through community-engaged policy and practice reforms in North Carolina.



The Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19 (LATIN-19) is a unique multi-sector coalition formed early in the COVID-19 pandemic to address the multi-level health inequities faced by Latinx communities in North Carolina.


We utilized the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Research Framework to conduct a directed content analysis of 58 LATIN-19 meeting minutes from April 2020 through October 2021. Application of the NIMHD Research Framework facilitated a comprehensive assessment of complex and multidimensional barriers and interventions contributing to Latinx health while centering on community voices and perspectives.


Community interventions focused on reducing language barriers and increasing community-level access to social supports while policy interventions focused on increasing services to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Our study adds to the literature by identifying community-based strategies to ensure the power of communities is accounted for in policy reforms that affect Latinx health outcomes across the U.S. Multisector coalitions, such as LATIN-19, can enable the improved understanding of underlying barriers and embed community priorities into policy solutions to address health inequities.





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Thoumi, Andrea, Gabriela Plasencia, Farrah Madanay, Ethan Shih-An Ho, Caroline Palmer, Kamaria Kaalund, Nikhil Chaudhry, Amy Labrador, et al. (2023). Promoting Latinx health equity through community-engaged policy and practice reforms in North Carolina. Frontiers in public health, 11. p. 1227853. 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1227853 Retrieved from

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