Research Article  |   August 2016
Benefits of a Culturally Tailored Health Promotion Program for Latino Youth With Disabilities and Their Families
Author Affiliations
  • Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, PhD, is Professor and Department Head, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago; ysuarez@uic.edu
  • Molly Hoisington, MSOT, is Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Alexander Agudelo Orozco, OTD, MHA, is Clinical Instructor, Universidad Del Valle, Cali, Colombia. At the time of the study, he was Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Claudia Garcia is Project Coordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Kayla Smith, MSOT, is Research Assistant, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Dalmina Arias, MSOT, is Research Assistant and OTD Candidate, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Briana Bonner, MSOT, is Research Assistant, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Obesity / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Special Issue: Research Articles
Research Article   |   August 2016
Benefits of a Culturally Tailored Health Promotion Program for Latino Youth With Disabilities and Their Families
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2016, Vol. 70, 7005180080p1-7005180080p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.021949
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2016, Vol. 70, 7005180080p1-7005180080p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.021949
Abstract

Little research is available about youth with disabilities, who experience numerous inequalities in health outcomes compared with youth without disabilities. Youth with disabilities experience many environmental and attitudinal barriers in maintaining healthy lifestyles, which put them at risk for obesity. Strong evidence has suggested that obesity rates are higher among youth with disabilities than among their nondisabled peers. The purpose of this study was to implement and examine the benefits of a culturally tailored healthy lifestyles program for Latino youth with disabilities and their families. Several cultural adaptations were made to align with the target population’s cultural norms. Seventeen Latino families identified 67 behaviors they wanted to change or new habits they wanted to establish. The postassessment data showed that several family routines improved, and families reported engaging in many of the healthy habits they had identified for themselves. Implications of culturally appropriate and accessible programming are discussed.