This study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health grant number K23MH073008 and the Northwest Health Foundation Kaiser Permanente Community Fund grant number 10571.
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Community-based family services -- Research, Community health services, Abused women -- Mental health services
Background: Latina intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors often face great barriers to depression care. We sought to use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to create and evaluate a community-based depression care program for Latina IPV survivors.
Methods: We created a multifaceted, culturally tailored intervention, based on principles of chronic illness management. A promotora provided case management services and led 12 weekly group sessions. Participants completed surveys at baseline and 6 months and participated in open-ended exit interviews.
Results: Ten Spanish-speaking Latina women participated in the intervention. The program had excellent attendance, with 100% of women attending at least 10 group sessions, and high satisfaction. We found a large decrease in depression severity (Patient Health Questionnaire [PHQ]-9, 17.3–7.2; p = .001), as well as improvements in depression self-efficacy, self-esteem, and stress.
Conclusion: This study offers promising preliminary data to support the use of community-based approaches to reducing depression disparities in Latina IPV survivors.
Nicolaidis, C., Mejia, A., Perez, M., Alvarado, A., Celaya-Alston, R., Quintero, Y., Aguillon, R. Proyecto Interconexiones: pilot-test of a community-based depression care program for Latina violence survivors. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 7(4), 395-401