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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. Latino Family Advisory Board (LFAB) or Youth Advisory Board (YAB) feedback may be requested at this stage or later in study development.
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 use of plain language for health literacy and 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. The Latino Family Advisory Board (LFAB) and Youth Advisory Board (YAB) are key resources for reviewing study materials.
Centro SOL assists researchers to develop strategies to recruit Latinx populations for studies, especially those with limited English proficiency (LEP) and/or low literacy. The Latino Family Advisory Board (LFAB) or Youth Advisory Board (YAB) can contribute to these strategies or directly assist with recruitment through their networks.
In addition to strategy development, Centro SOL provides direct assistance for participant recruitment through its partnership with the Bayview Children’s Medical Practice (CMP). More information about the process to recruit participants at the CMP can be found here: Research at the CMP.
Study Staff Recruitment
Centro SOL assists researchers to develop appropriate personnel profiles for study staff working with Latinx populations, especially those with limited English proficiency (LEP). This assistance may include the development of job descriptions and the identification of resources to verify language proficiency of applicants. Centro SOL also maintains working relationships with a number of student and community organizations with bilingual members and can share job announcements with those networks.
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.