Latin women are usually depicted in media as caramel skinned, strong- creamy, sexy, shapely, and feisty. Characters quite as Gloria in Modern Family, Carmen Miranda, and Ximena are just a few illustrations. When we hear the term “latina stereotype,” they are the people we all associate with. They have a heavy voice, a beautiful speech, and a savory personality. Latinas are reduced to items and have limited potential due to this seductive, unique stereotype.

16 young Latinas who participated in focus groups and semistructured interviews between November 2014 and June 2015 at two federally qualified health centers in Baltimore, Maryland, are the subjects of this article’s use of a social determinant of health ( Sdh) framework. Based on respondents’ dialect preferences, focus groups and interviews were conducted by a trained, fluent mediator in either English or Spanish.

Three main themes emerged: Members shared a desire and capacity to maximize their potentials through contraceptive organization, believed they were responsible for their families ‘ economic well-being, frequently anticipating the birth of their future children, and emphasized the importance of childbearing delay in the achievement of educational and professional objectives. These results demonstrate how crucial it is to correct female preconceptions to enable Latinas to reach their full potential. Translating these results into efficient, calm- centered counseling by family planning providers does help the aspirations of youthful Latinas and promote equity in health care access.