Familias sanas: An intervention designed to increase rates of postpartum visits among Latinas

Flavio Marsiglia, Monica Bermudez-Parsai, Dean Coonrod

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Familias Sanas (Healthy Families) is an educational intervention implemented and tested with low-income, immigrant Latina mothers. The program was designed to reduce existing health disadvantages of Latinas by empowering them to take active part in the management of their health and by encouraging them to advocate for themselves. Familias Sanas was implemented at a prenatal clinic located at a major urban hospital in the southwestern U.S. The efficacy of the intervention was evaluated through a randomized control trial measuring the participants' rate of postpartum visits and other relevant well-being measures. Initial findings show a significant effect of the intervention, with participants in the experimental group returning for their postpartum clinic visit at a higher rate in comparison with the control group. The results are discussed from a culturally specific perspective. Practice, policy, and research implications and recommendations are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-131
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Interconception
  • Latinas
  • Prenatal-partners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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