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McNair Scholar 2010Maira Rosas-Lee

Maira Rosas-Lee is a senior double majoring in Spanish and Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests revolve around Latina/Chicana identity and sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Rosas-Lee plans on receiving a dual master of public health and master of arts in Latin American studies and will continue to pursue a medical degree in gynecology.

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I am going to be a leader… not for fame or power, but to convey courage and that 'No, you can’t' is not an option. I want to start my own non-profit safe-space for women located outside of major cities that revolves around reducing high-risk behaviors.

Research project

¡Encuentro! A Healthy Youth Development Project Formative Research — Latino Parent Perspectives

Abstract: In the United States and in Minnesota, Latinas have the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates of all major racial/ethnic groups. Thus, it is imperative to develop pregnancy prevention programs tailored to Latina youth and their social and cultural contexts. One of the key components in developing culturally-tailored programming is understanding what parents want for their adolescents. The purpose of this study is to describe methods to recruit and involve Latino parents of adolescents in focus group discussions about promoting healthy development and preventing pregnancy among Latino adolescents. Through the University’s Latino community partners, parents were invited to participate in focus groups and were asked to contact ¡Encuentro! staff for more information. Parents engaged in group discussions (English or Spanish) led by same-gender bilingual Latino facilitators and completed a brief demographic questionnaire. Methods used by the ¡Encuentro! team addressed challenges and barriers to research participation commonly faced by Latino parents. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Renee E. Sieving, Ph.D., R.N., is an associate professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing and Department of Pediatrics. She is deputy director of the Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center, which conducts community-partnered research, provides education, and disseminates actionable knowledge promoting healthy development and health equity among youth. She received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in nursing from the University of Tennessee, and her B.A. from Concordia College-River Forest. Her research focuses on understanding influences on adolescent risky sexual behaviors and pregnancy and on testing interventions that involve clinics, schools, families, and communities in promoting adolescent health and well-being.