Educational Equity and Social Determinants of Health for Latino Youth: The Juntos Program Experience

April 18th, 2018

OSU Juntos' Amy Young, Yuri Reyes, and Daniel López-Cevallos presented a poster at the Coast to Cascades Community Wellness Network’s Regional Health Summit on April 18, 2018. The poster is entitled Educational Equity and Social Determinants of Health for Latino Youth: The Juntos Program Experience, authored by Daniel López-Cevallos, PhD; Ana Gómez, MA; Amy Young, MPH.

Learning objectives include:

  • Assess the school climate for Latino youth and families and discuss institutional barriers for high school completion and post-secondary access.
  • Identify factors impacting Latino educational outcomes at all level of influence in the social-ecological model.
  • Explain the significance of addressing educational inequity for Latinos in the context of the social determinants of health.

View the poster here



Oregon’s high school graduation rates are among the lowest nationwide, with persistent disparities for Latinos. Oregon’s Latino population is growing; 14% of K-12 students in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties are Latino. Educational equity for Latinos therefore represents a significant community wellbeing issue.

In schools, lack of linguistically- and culturally-appropriate resources and structural biases can inhibit academic motivation and create barriers for Latino youth. Juntos engages families, schools, and community partners to provide culturally-responsive resources for Latino students. Programming empowers families to promote high school completion and post-secondary access. Content is delivered in Spanish and honors the family context through workshops, college visits, and leadership opportunities.

Social-ecological evaluation indicates Juntos is impacting academic success at multiple levels of influence. Youth reported more positive attitudes about school and families increased academic planning following the workshops. Participants state the greatest value may be strengthening community ties and promoting bi-directional engagement with schools.

Empowering families in this context enhances their capacity to provide academic support and may equip them to challenge inequities. Based on findings of systematic discrimination within schools, the future of Juntos will focus on institutional transformation and cultivating environments that more equitably serve Latino and other marginalized students.


To get in touch with the primary presenter, contact Amy Young, MPH.; 541-737-3430.