Italian women are typically depicted in media as caramel skinned, strong- creamy, sexy, shapely, and sassy. Characters quite as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few examples. When we hear the term “latina notion,” these women are the ones that come to mind. They have a heavy voice, a gorgeous words, and a savory character. Latinas are reduced to items and have less potential because of this seductive, wild myth.

16 young Latinas who participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews between November 2014 and June 2015 at two federally qualified health centers in Baltimore, Maryland, are the subjects of this article’s use of a social determinant of health ( Sdh) framework. Based on respondents’ speech preferences, focus groups and interviews were conducted by a trained, bilingual moderator in either English or Spanish.

Three main themes emerged: Participants shared a desire and ability to maximize their potentials through contraceptive company, believed they were responsible for their families ‘ economic well-being, frequently anticipating the birth of their future children, and emphasized the importance of childbearing deferral in the achievement of educational and professional objectives. These studies demonstrate how crucial it is to correct female stereotypes to enable Latinas to reach their full potential. Translating these results into efficient, calm- centered counseling by family planning providers is help the aspirations of fresh Latinas and promote equity in health care access.

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