A voice and a vote: The advisory board experiences of Spanish-speaking latina mothers

Lisa Ross DeCamp, Emily Gregory, Sarah Polk, Marilyn Camacho Chrismer, Flor Giusti, Darcy A. Thompson, Erica Sibinga

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Latino children experience disparities in health care access and quality. Family advisory groups for clinics and hospitals may be one way to address disparities. We implemented and sustained an advisory board whose parent participants were exclusively limited-English proficient Latina mothers. As part of the board evaluation, we conducted semistructured individual interviews with parent participants during initial participation and after the final board meeting of the year. Members were satisfied with their board participation in both initial and follow-up interviews. They reported that board membership was an important way to improve clinic services and a unique opportunity for Latinos in the community. Experiences of discrimination and marginalization in health care settings were a theme across interviews. Members reported board membership countered these negative experiences. An advisory board including Spanish-speaking parents is an opportunity to engage vulnerable populations, which may result in broader impact on health care disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-226
Number of pages10
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015


  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Immigrants
  • Limited english proficiency
  • Patient engagement
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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