Rethinking human services for Latinos in the plains: New paradigms and recommendations for practice

R. P. Moreno, L. P. Hernandez, J. D. Schroeder, A. Yazedjian

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In this paper we provide human service professionals with a foundation for understanding the cultural and programmatic issues necessary for effectively addressing the needs of Latinos within a context of demographic transition and decreases in public support for educational attainment, physical and mental health, and occupational success. A long tradition of deficit thinking has shaped many of the current models employed when addressing the needs of Latinos. The authors suggest "community/culturally centered" or "strengths-based" approaches, such as community based organizations (CBOs), as promising alternatives to current practices. Coalitions among CBOs can be the most effective method in creating and sustaining reform of community-based services. These coalitions can better serve Latinos by expanding human service providers' cultural awareness and redefining risk and protective factors according to the framework of the Latino communities they serve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-407
Number of pages21
JournalGreat Plains Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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