Generating Neighborhood Solutions in Northern California: Bringing Latino Residents Together to Make Their Voices Heard (2013)


  • San Mateo County Health System
  • Health Policy and Planning


  • 10 adolescents and 10 older women
  • Low-income latinos


  • Identify facilitators and barriers to physical activity and healthy eating


  • Elected citizen scientist leaders who met with relevant community leaders, policy and decision makers, and community partners to discuss complex solutions such as increasing video surveillance secuirty cameras on frequently travelled paths and bridges
  • Reported illegal dumping 
  • Worked with the media to more widely diseminate study-related information


Winter SJ, Goldman Rosas L, Padilla Romero P, et al. Using citizen scientists to gather, analyze, and disseminate information about neighborhood features that affect active living. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015, PMCID: PMC4715987; PMID: 26184398.


Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO