Juntos: A Digital Health Intervention (2013-2014)

In partnership with El Centro Hispano, this Bass Connections project team engaged with the local Latino community to improve the health of Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). As sexual and ethnic minorities, Latino MSM often experience stigma and discrimination, which are associated with poorer behavioral, social, mental health and physical health outcomes. El Centro Hispano is a well-respected community-based organization, strengthening the local Latino/Hispanic community through education, service and community organizing.

The team adapted an existing internet and mobile phone-based intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors, create positive norms around health behaviors, promote health and wellness and provide a platform for community-building for Latino MSM.



Team Outcomes

Juntos: Preliminary Findings in the Development of a Digital Health Intervention for the Latino MSM Community (poster by Jemi Galani, Dominic Lucero, Meghna Patel, Rachel Pittenger, Victoria Rendell, Ishan Thakore, McCall Wells, Ronnie Wimberley, Emma Zhao, Carla Mena, Morgan L. Barlow and Sara LeGrand)

This Team in the News

Meet the Members of the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council

Congratulations to the Student Leadership and Service Award Winners

Juntos: Supplementing Public Policy with Community Engagement

Building "Community Partnership" - The Fun Way

Prioritizing Diversity

Adding Juntos to the Routine

Juntos: El Comienzo (or The Beginning)

Stronger, Together

Let's Talk About Sex...

Modest Forum, Large Ambitions

The First Time Is Always the Hardest

Surprise Social Entrepreneurship

Crowdsourcing Research Tasks Using mTurk

Second Time's the Charm

Team Leaders

  • Sara Legrand, Duke Global Health Institute

/graduate Team Members

  • Dominic Lucero, Global Health - MSc
  • Meghna Patel, Nursing-PHD
  • Rachel Pittenger, Masters of Public Policy
  • Victoria Rendell, Medicine MD Fourth Year

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Jemi Galani, Biology (BS)
  • Ishan Thakore, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Natascha Uhlmann, Political Science (AB)
  • McCall Wells, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Ronnie Wimberley, Economics (AB)
  • Emma Zhao, Biology (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Janie Long, Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Kristen Sullivan, Margolis Center for Health Policy

/zcommunity Team Members

  • El Centro Hispano, Durham
  • Lisa Hightow-Weidman, UNC School of Medicine