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Encuesta Buenos Vecinos Latino Health Survey

The Encuesta Buenos Vecinos, or Good Neighbors Survey, is Washtenaw County's first, comprehensive Latino health survey.

Enter the Encuesta Buenos Vecinos/Latino Health Survey Database

The Encuesta Buenos Vecinos (EBV) Community Leadership Team is pleased to share the results of Washtenaw County's first, comprehensive Latino health survey. The report is available in English and Spanish. EVB report cover-Spanish

  • English "Latino Health Equity is Essential for Washtenaw County Health, Well-Being and Prosperity: The Washtenaw County Encuesta Buenos Vecinos Collaboration"
  • Español "Equidad en Salud para Latinos es Esencial para la Salud, el Bienestar y la Prosperidad de Condado de Washtenaw: Encuesta Colaborativa Buenos Vecinos del Condado de Washtenaw" 
The EBV report is the result of an innovative, multiyear collaboration with the Latino community. Over 500 Latinos in Washtenaw County participated. The report describes the process, results and future goals.  

Muchas Gracias

We are grateful to the Washtenaw County Latino community for its support and participation. 

The Community Leadership Team includes Glenda Flores, Charo Ledón, Kate Lemler, Mikel Llanes, Mollison Morgan, Felipe Riaño and Leonardo Riaño. Organizational partners include Casa Latina, the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Washtenaw County Public Health. 

The team looks forward to continuing its work with the community under the motto, “The Future is in our Hands.” See what participants had to say about the survey in "The Final Word from our Good Neighbors about the Encuesta Buenos Vecinos.

Timeline

Formalized in 2011, the Encuesta Buenos Vecinos collaboration engaged with and listened to local Latinos – in line with the project’s goals of assessing health and well-being and building social support and social capital among Latinos. Throughout 2013, the Community Leadership Team piloted, refined and fully implemented the survey using multiple methods to reach and engage community members. 

Results were brought back to community members and actions prioritized throughout 2014. Now, the full report is published in English and Spanish and available to the entire Washtenaw community. 

Results

Enter the Encuesta Buenos Vecinos/Latino Health Survey Database

Over 500 Washtenaw County Latinos participated in face-to-face, group and internet surveys. Data suggest that Washtenaw County Latinos have poorer overall health status, less access to health care and greater overweight rates than Washtenaw County residents as a whole. Compared to Washtenaw County residents, Latinos were more likely to rate their own health as “fair” and, on average, reported a greater number of poor physical health days and poor mental health days per month.

“[The survey process] allowed us to get closer and get to know a Latino community that is dispersed throughout the Washtenaw County…. We hope that this process will increase the awareness of the community about their own problems and the need to take action,” says team member Felipe Riaño.

The Community Leadership Team shared results with Latino community members and identified ten priority issues for action:

    • Lack of physical activity
    • Unintended pregnancy
    • Poor nutritional habits
    • Depression
    • Substance abuse
    • Poor vision and dental care
    • Lack of community organization
    • Low level of education
    • Lack of parental attention, guidance and involvement

Moving Forward 

The Community Leadership Team continues to share results and plan new projects with the message that the Latino community in Washtenaw County is young and growing – and contributing positively to our community as a whole. Greater opportunities and health improvements for Latinos benefit everyone.

“As a result of being involved with the EBV, I have gained better understanding of the struggles Latinos face and the opportunities for sharing resources and energies the Latino community brings to our community,” says Charo Ledón, co-principal investigator and community advocate.

Survey findings are fueling new community interventions: 

  • The Jovenes Tejejores de Sociedad 3D (Young Weavers Society 3D) is a youth development and leadership program aimed at addressing the barriers that prevent Latino adolescents from graduating high school. Community Leadership Team members initiated the project in partnership with Ypsilanti Community Schools.
  • In addition, Washtenaw County Public Health is working with Growing Hope, Ypsilanti Community Schools and Washtenaw Community College to bring a farmers’ market on wheels to Latino neighborhoods in Washtenaw County.

For more information about the EBV collaboration, please contact Adreanne Waller at wallera@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-3057. 

For more about community health assessment in Washtenaw County see the Health Improvement Plan of Washtenaw County.

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