Data source: Four studies proposed in this symposium were produced by an interdisciplinary team to understand social networks and their impacts on Latinx patients with T2DM. Dr. XX is the PI of a pilot project that was supported by the National Institute on Minorities and Health Disparities (NIMHD/NIH: XXXXX). This study was developed through a community-embedded partnership between the university and a local community health center located within a Latinx enclave. Bilingual recruiters worked with a promotora, a community health worker in the community health center, for recruitment and data collection between February and December 2019. We conducted personal networks analysis (PNA) incorporating nine name generating questions and a series of name interpreting questions, resulting in a variety of social network measures, including size, constraint, efficiency, proportion of social networks talking about health matters, and so forth.
Four Studies for Oral Presentations. Study 1 focused on identifying attributes of social networks relevant to health literacy of Latinx patients with T2DM. Study 2 examined social network characteristics and their impact on mental health stigma. Study 3 examined the influence of social networks on trust in health professionals. Study 4 examined how social networks are associated with perceived social support among Latinx patients with T2DM.
Expected Impact: Although PNA is an innovative and versatile approach to measure structure and function of social environments, it has been under-utilized in health disparities research due to the complexity in data management and variable operationalization. Thus, in addition to discussing the socio-cultural mechanisms affecting health disparities, we introduce PNA to advance research on a marginalized population. Ã¢â¬Æ