Living in Limbo: Latinas' Assessment of Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Communities

De Anne K. Hilfinger Messias, Patricia A. Sharpe, Lourdes del Castillo-González, Laura Treviño, Deborah Parra-Medina

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    Community asset mapping (CAM) is the collective process of identifying local assets and strategizing processes to address public health issues and concerns and improve quality of life. Prior to implementing a community-based physical activity intervention with Latinas in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley, promotoras [community health workers] conducted 16 interactive sessions in 8 colonias. The analysis of the transcribed CAM recordings and on-site observational data resulted in the construction of Living in Limbo as the thematic representation of these Latinas' social isolation and marginalization associated with pervasive poverty, undocumented immigration status or lack of citizenship, their fears emanating from threats to physical and emotional safety, and the barriers created by lack of availability and access to resources.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)267-275
    Number of pages9
    JournalPublic Health Nursing
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - May 1 2017


    • asset mapping
    • colonias
    • physical activity
    • physical environment
    • promotoras
    • social environment
    • socioeconomic disparities

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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