- Julio López Varona, JD
- Michele Kilpatrick, JD
- Julia Henly, PhD
Research Project Description
Using a Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) framework, this project examines the economic and employment circumstances of immigrant families in Bridgeport, Connecticut and their experiences with accessing child care and healthcare services. The project focuses especially on the (mis)alignment of public policies and community supports with immigrant family circumstances, resources and needs. Through a range of data-gathering approaches (e.g., focus groups, individual interviews, photography, spatial mapping), and diverse dissemination tactics (e.g., hosting community events, publishing policy and research briefs, distributing educational tools, forging partnerships with CBOs), the project engages Bridgeport community residents to support evidence-based policy innovation and positive community change to further a culture of health for immigrant children and families in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It also expands the capacity of each team member and their respective institutions to incorporate a participatory, health equity focus into research and community engagement projects.
Julio López Varona, JD
Julio López Varona is the Director of Puerto Rico Campaigns at the Center for Popular Democracy. In this role, he works to support immigrants to be active in their communities and to lift themselves out of poverty through legal and support services, civic engagement, transformative education and policy innovation.
Michele Kilpatrick, JD
Michele Kilpatrick is a Research Analyst at The Center for Popular Democracy. She has expertise in supporting political and labor campaigns.
Julia Henly, PhD
Julie Henly is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Her research focuses on families’ economic and caregiving strategies. She studies how employment conditions, work and child care policies, and social networks operate to support and complicate family wellbeing.