Pipeline Efforts with a Freirean Twist: The Juntos Health Disparities Research Internship
- *Corresponding Author:
- Maria Alonso Luaces
Director of Academic, Professional and Workforce Development
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Received date: August 20, 2013; Accepted date: September 10, 2013; Published date: September 13, 2013
Citation: Luaces MA, Suarez N, Estrella O, Ramaswamy M, Choi W, et al. (2013) Pipeline Efforts with a Freirean Twist: The Juntos Health Disparities Research Internship. J Community Med Health Educ 3:233. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000233
Copyright: © 2013 Luaces MA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Increasing workforce diversity is essential to improving the health outcomes for minority populations, particularly Latinos. This paper describes an innovative 6-week health disparities internship program for underrepresented precollege and college students aimed at empowering students to become health science researchers focused on issues that continue to affect minority communities. Our program embraces the educational philosophy developed by Paulo Freire, which supports the development of critical awareness, critical thinking, and reflection. In this manner, this internship program shifts the paradigm away from traditional approaches focused solely on knowledge remediation. Program participants became conscious of their realities while they grew to envision themselves as agents of change capable of transforming their communities.