Latinos and political advocacy for cancer control in a United States-Mexico border community

Kate E. Murray, Lynda Barbour, Alejandra Morlett, Luz Garcini

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Health policy interventions provide powerful tools for addressing health disparities. The Latino community is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States yet is largely underrepresented in government and advocacy efforts. This study includes 42 Latino adults (M age 5 45 years) who participated in focus group discussions and completed a brief questionnaire assessing their experiences with political health advocacy. Qualitative analyses revealed participants considered cancer a concern for the Latino community, but there was a lack of familiarity with political advocacy and its role in cancer control. Participants identified structural, practical, cultural, and contextual barriers to engaging in political health advocacy. This article presents a summary of the findings that suggest alternative ways to engage Latinos in cancer control advocacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-206
Number of pages9
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Political advocacy
  • Political systems and policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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