Research and Policy

Research Services

Centro SOL started in 2015 a research consultation service in response to the number of requests of researchers to target research questions addressing Latino health in Baltimore City. Projects large and small would consult with our faculty concerns from research methods to recruitment of research participants. Annually our faculty serve more than twelve consultations. This service depicts not only the increasing interest in conducting research targeting Latinos, but also the increasing demand of health services, needs, and challenges that may not be covered by our city.

Children’s Medical Practice are positioned at the intersection between healthcare delivery and community engagement and thus have the knowledge, patient centered research experience, community and institutional relationships and medical and language skills necessary to address mental health issues and health inequity in the immigrant Latino population in Baltimore.

As an “emerging settlement” location, Baltimore hosts a diverse and rapidly growing immigrant community, primarily from Central America and Mexico.

 
 
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research Projects

Some of the collaborations developed through the research consultation service

 

Policy

A success factor has been a team of trailblazers who aim to make an impact in healthcare access and quality of care for Latinos

Quality of care

Latinos in Baltimore face challenges that affect deeply the social determinants of health. One of the main barriers for healthcare is language. Not being able to communicate on both the clinical and patient sides is considered a safety concern. In 2016, Centro SOL championed the implementation of the Medical Records as well as the After-Visit Summary for inpatient discharge to be available in Spanish. Both are important documents needed by patients understanding of their health, and access to their clinical team.

Advocacy

In 2014, Baltimore experienced one of the most mediatic crises in the recent history of immigration, the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving to a city that struggled to serve them. Centro SOL responded with a commentary in the local newspaper, meetings with healthcare delivery leaders and policymakers and established, during the 2015 Latino Health Conference, the Advocacy workgroup.

Access to Care

The core of Centro SOL’s work is to put patients first. Therefore, it has been relevant for our mission to build trustworthy relationships with community organizations, and leaders advocating for healthcare access opportunities for Latinos. Esperanza Center has been one of our key stakeholders along with The Access Partnership Program (TAP) at Johns Hopkins. Esperanza Center receives thousands (more than 3,000) of uninsured patients, and 95% are Latinx. In 2015, Centro SOL led the collaborative effort to sponsor a Medical Director for the clinic at the center who has expanded primary care access.


Projects

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Publications

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