Case 3

Involving CommunitIes Through ‘Design Thinking’

Reference: Ramos, A. K., Trinidad, N., Correa, A., & Rivera, R. (2016). Partnering for Health with Nebraska’s Latina Immigrant Community Using Design Thinking Process. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 10(2), 311–318.

Relevance to CAR?

This case is relevant to CAR because it …

  • describes how methods of design thinking can help develop creative ideas for promoting health

  • engages marginalized community members in co-creating ideas for change from the very beginning

  • points out key lessons learned from the Design Thinking process for future interventions with the aim to achieve community-engaged practices.

Short case summary: Latinos represent almost 10% of Nebraska’s population and Latinas. The majority experiences multiple social disadvantages and face a number of health disparities. This study explores the process of design thinking as a method, and how it applied in delveoping the first health conference specially designed for Spanish-speaking immigrant Latinas in Nebraska. Design thinking is . The outcome wasn’t defined when the partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Community-based organizations and female community members was formed, and the objective was to create a meaningful learning experience specially designed for female Spanish-speaking female immigrants in Nebraska. Latina women and facilitators developed a full-day agenda for an event over some courses of three month. The event was held on May 2013, and the participants increased knowledge in health and readiness to act towards improving their health. By sharing their concerns and ideas in the co-creation phase, the Latina women felt valued and a part of the process..

Summary reflection: The strengths we see in the case is due to;