“Padres Efectivos” Research Project

(Haga click aquí para español)

Welcome! We are a research team from the University of North Carolina, we are affiliated with The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research department. Our team is conducting a research study to learn how to support Latino parents in better navigating the USA health system while accessing services on behalf of their children (in the mental health and child development fields). As such, we are offering a no-cost parent group to find out if the information provided to parents in these groups is helpful for them to better support their children in their medical treatment.

We are looking forward to work with you: the research team

We are looking forward to work with you: the research team.

What is the group about?

In the Padres Efectivos group, parents learn an effective communication technique called Me.Pr.E.PA. Parents can use this technique to improve their communication with children’s health providers (doctors, therapists, psychologists, etc.), and with personnel from their children’s school (teachers, counselors, school social workers, etc.)

Who can participate?

Latino parents that…

  • Speak Spanish,
  • Have children 0-22 years old, with a mental health or developmental diagnosis or concerns,
    • Including but not limited to: ADHD, depression, anxiety, autism, eating disorders, learning disabilities, speech delay, etc.
  • And take their children to any of the UNC clinics.

How might this group help you?

Effective communication with healthcare providers helps you to. . .

  • Communicate how your child is doing at home and in school, and whether s/he is having struggles or improving.
  • Better understand your child’s diagnosis and how to help him/her.
  • Feel confident to ask questions and resolve any doubts you might have.

Effective communication with school staff helps you to…

  • Know about your child’s difficulties or progress in school.
  • Get to know and ask for help and/ or special accommodations in school so that your child does better/ is better prepared to succeed.

How do I participate?

  • Come to 2 classes lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes each, in Chapel Hill.
    • We offer one class per week across a 2-week period.
  • Complete two 30 to 45-minute interviews by phone.
    • The first interview takes place before coming to the first class.
    • The second interview occurs after finishing the classes.
  • Give the research team permission to see your child’s medical records and evaluate if there are any changes in your child’s visits since your participation in the group.

How did we find your information?

The UNC Hospital system not only offers treatment to patients, but also trains future health professionals. Similarly, the UNC hospital and affiliated clinics are spaces where research studies take place to expand knowledge regarding the field of health. People that access services at the hospital and clinics can be invited to participate in research studies at the University of North Carolina. (Click HERE for more information.). We have partnership with 3 UNC clinics: the Psychiatric Outpatient clinic at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, the Franklin Street Pediatric clinic in Chapel Hill, and The Treatment Center at WakeBrook in Raleigh.

More information

  • The classes and interviews will conducted be in Spanish.
  • Meetings are held either on
    • Saturdays, 10-11:30AM, or
    • A weekday, 5:30-7:00PM.
  • Parents will receive:
    • $20 for completing the first interview.
    • A $20 Target gift card for completing the second interview.
    • Parents that bring a guest to attend group sessions will receive an extra $20.
  • Meetings will be at UNC in The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research building, in Chapel Hill. (Click HERE for directions.)
  • We offer free childcare.
  • We provide free parking directly below the building.

Meet our Mentor Parent Group. This group of mothers participated in a similar research project a few years ago. After they concluded their participation in the study, they became research advisors for our projects. Watch the video for more information.

Watch the video


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This research study is funded by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS

Grant # 331536-01-00