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Dr. Romina Barral Receives Grant to Address Intersectionality of Teen Pregnancy in Immigrant Rural Latino Communities

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Dr. Romina Barral Receives Grant to Address Intersectionality of Teen Pregnancy in Immigrant Rural Latino Communities

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Romina L. Barral, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Romina Barral, MD, Adolescent Medicine, recently received a two-year, $143,494 KL2 Career Development Program Award from Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Barral’s project is titled “Decreasing teen reproductive health disparities in rural Latino immigrant communities”.

By leveraging community participation and addressing the intersectionality of teen pregnancy, the proposed research will develop an unintended teen pregnancy prevention intervention for Latino youth living in rural communities. Results from this project will directly inform trials to test intervention efficacy.

Once developed and evaluated, Dr. Barral plans to disseminate this intervention to communities in other geographic areas. The research opportunities, multidisciplinary mentorship, and training afforded by the KL2 will help launch her career as a nationally recognized expert in reducing reproductive health disparities among communities that have been historically marginalized.

“I feel very fortunate to learn from our teens on ways we can help them achieve their goals in life,” said Dr. Barral.