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Enlace: A Partnership to Promote Physical Activity Among Mexican Immigrant Women

Grant: 7R21HLO87765


This National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded program uses a community-based, participatory research approach to identify and understand factors that influence moderate-intensity physical activity behavior Latinas in Richland and Lexington Counties, S.C., and Cameron and Hidalgo counties in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, a predominantly Latino region of Texas. Academic researchers will work with community members to conduct a community assessment that includes 12 focus groups and 26 interviews with key community leaders. Assessment results will be used to develop a program to promote physical activity that is tailored to meet the need of Latinas in these to geographically distinct areas of the country. The ENLACE intervention, based on the promotora model, will be pilot-tested in 120 women using an experimental research design. The primary outcome for the pilot study, measured at baseline and six months, is minutes-per-week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.


  • Deborah Parra-Medina, PhD
    IHPR, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


  • DeAnne Hilinger Messias, PhD
    College of Nursing, University of South Carolina
  • Patricia Sharpe, PhD
    Prevention Research Center, University of South Carolina


  • South Carolina Hispanic Latino Health Coalition
  • Texas A&M Center for Housing and Urban Development, Colonias Program


Program results will be used to develop and evaluate a theoretically-based, culturally competent intervention targeting individual, family and community influences of physical activity among Mexican immigrant women.


In progress