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Yo lo he mirado, yo lo he vivido: The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Three Generations of Latinas

This study focuses on the lived sexual and reproductive health experiences of four families, each with three generations of Latinas living in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Existing literature has portrayed Latinx communities through a deficit lens, where their culture, language and healing practices are coded as barriers. Chicana Feminist Epistemology (CFE) was foundational in placing the testimonios and platicas of Latina daughters, mother and granddaughters at the forefront of knowledge production and publication. A Public Health Critical Race (PHCR) praxis was the lens through which I contextualized the everyday health realities of Latinas navigating medicalized systems within the United States. Through twelve semi-structured interviews, one of which is my own, we communicate the ways in which our upbringings influence the women we are today. Findings of this study highlight the current obstacles we navigate in medical and educational institutions situated within a rural region, the intergenerational wisdom and remedios that shape our cultural capital and healthcare advocacy, and the narratives of resilience that we share amongst generations of mujeres.

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