Research is a central part of Centro SOL’s activities. Centro SOL faculty are members of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and bring decades of research experience to their research studies at Centro SOL. Research at Centro SOL is driven by the unique health issues faced by the Latino population in Baltimore and beyond.
In addition to conducting independent research, Centro SOL began offering research consultation services in 2015 in response to a large number of requests from researchers interested in researching issues affecting Latino health in Baltimore City.
Centro SOL now offers a variety of research consultation services and is pleased to collaborate with our Latino Family Advisory Board to provide the perspective of Latino families in Baltimore.
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In addition, Centro SOL works closely with the Children’s Medical Practice (CMP) at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Please click the button below for more information about conducting research at the CMP.
- Study Planning -
Centro SOL collaborates with researchers in the planning stages of research to assess the feasibility and cultural competence of proposed studies. This assessment considers numerous issues including but not limited to recruitment, methodology, literacy levels, and cultural norms. LFAB feedback may be requested at this stage or later in study development.
- Material Review -
Centro SOL collaborates with researchers by reviewing study materials that affect participants such as consent and assent forms, recruitment materials, survey materials, interview guides, and others. Materials are reviewed to assess their appropriateness for the target population. Translation of materials can also be provided following content review.
The majority of materials reviewed by Centro SOL require approval from the IRB. We highly recommend collaborating with Centro SOL for material review prior to submitting to the IRB. LFAB is a key resource for reviewing study materials.
- Participant Recruitment -
Centro SOL assists researchers to develop strategies to recruit Latino populations for studies, especially those with LEP and/or low literacy. LFAB can contribute to these strategies or directly assist with recruitment through their networks.
In addition to strategy development, Centro SOL provides direct assistance to participant recruitment through its partnership with the Bayview Children’s Medical Practice (CMP). More information about the proposal assessment process at the CMP can be found here: Reseach at the CMP.
- Study Staff Recruitment -
Centro SOL assists researchers to develop appropriate personnel profiles for study staff working with Latino populations, especially those with LEP. This assistance may include the development of job descriptions and the identification of resources to verify language proficiency of applicants. Additionally, researchers may request a Centro SOL staff member to assist on a project. The Centro SOL staff is bilingual in English and Spanish and currently manages multiple studies. More information on the Centro SOL team can be found here: Centro SOL Team.
- Translation -
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