Nutrition for the Underserved: The Implications
The University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition program conducted focus groups with limited resource individuals throughout Minnesota.
The purpose of the focus groups was to explore the:
- Strengths and assets of the participants
- Barriers to participation
- Preferred methods of learning
- Improved methods for program design and delivery
- Alternative ways to encourage program participation
Results were analyzed for four different audiences: Somali, African American, Latino, and Caucasian.
While the focus groups were conducted to assess the quality and effectiveness of the University of Minnesota Health and Nutrition program, the implications are useful for other organizations who work with limited resource individuals.
The following white papers summarize the focus group results and implications:
- Somali (33 KB PDF)
- See the related article in Journal of Extension: Designing Nutrition Education Programs for Somali Audiences: The Role of Cultural and Religious Practices
- African American (35 KB PDF)
- Latino (31 KB PDF)
- Caucasian (34 KB PDF)
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