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McNair Scholar 2013Fanny Jimbo-Llapa

Fanny Jimbo-Llapa is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in individualized studies focusing in family social science, child psychology, and public health. Her research interests includes maternal and child health, and health promotion in the Latino community. Ms. Jimbo plans on receiving her master's degree in either public health or social work. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in family social science.

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My dream is to serve as a resource to guide and empower Latino youth to help them accomplish their educational goals and lead a more influential community.

Research project

¡Encuentro! Teen-Parent Pilot Study Recruitment & Retention

Abstract: Recruiting and retaining Latino participants in research can be challenging due to socio-economic disadvantages faced by this culturally diverse population. However, few studies have addressed recruitment and retention strategies for Latino youth and families. This study included a literature review identifying challenges and effective strategies for recruiting and retaining Latino families and adolescents in health promotion research. The literature indicated 1) a reactive recruitment strategy such as word of mouth was effective in recruiting participants; and 2) incorporating Latino core values maximized enrollment and retention of families and youth. Effective strategies identified through the literature review were compared with recruitment and retention strategies of Encuentro, a pilot study of a teen-parent program. Characteristics of parents and youth enrolled via Encuentro recruitment strategies were described. Understanding effective strategies for addressing barriers to research/intervention participation faced by Latinos improves our ability to work effectively with Latino youth, families, and their whole community Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Renee Sieving is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and the Deputy Director in the Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center at the University of Minnesota. After receiving her MSN in Parent-Child Nursing at University of Tennessee, she worked with children, youth and families as a nurse practitioner. In 1996, she received her Ph.D. in behavioral epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include youth health promotion, and prevention of health risk behaviors among adolescents. In 2013, she was awarded Fellowship status in the American Academy of Nursing for her exceptional contribution to the nursing profession through her scholarly activity in the field of adolescent health.