Expanding Networks for Latinx* Communities through Engagement (ENLaCE)

About Multilingual Research Capacity Building

As North Carolina’s population is increasingly diverse linguistically and culturally, we provide consultations, resources, and on-the-ground support to researchers to advance the design and implementation of multilingual health research studies.

Spanish-speaking Latinx populations represent the largest growing group bringing new languages into the state. Originally entitled the Expanding Networks for Latinos through Community Engagement (ENLaCE) program, ENLaCE was founded in 2010 to promote the equitable inclusion of Spanish-speaking populations in health research.

Latino people holding hands - photo credit: Virginia Lewis

ENLaCE now works to build multilingual research capacity by equipping North Carolina researchers to equitably and effectively create health research agendas that include the strengths and needs of populations who speak primary languages other than English.

With the combined expertise of our bilingual faculty and staff, we provide consultations and contractual support throughout the research cycle:

  • Pre-award consultations on grant proposals for multilingual research — including proposal budgeting and staffing, recruitment, and retention strategies
  • Mid-grant consultations for studies seeking guidance on improving multilingual research implementation
  • Contractual recruitment services in Spanish
  • Contractual qualitative research support in Spanish
  • Post-award Consultations on the accessible dissemination of research findings
  • Consultations on the cultural and linguistic adaptation of interventions for Spanish-speaking Latinx participants

To learn more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Program Manager.

* There are numerous terms in use by English speakers in the U.S. that refer to populations with Latin American origins. Some agencies continue to utilize the term “Hispanic” to refer to individuals with Latin American ancestry. This term does not originate in Latin America and does not include the many Latin Americans who speak primary languages other than Spanish. The gendered terms "Latino" and "Latina" are used in Latin America to refer to populations from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The recent evolution of the term "Latinx" bypasses the gender binary by claiming the gender neutral "x". More common self-identifications are with a country of origin, such as "Mexican" or "Honduran," for example. As with all groups, we encourage you to ask people how they define themselves and jointly negotiate the appropriate term for your research reporting.

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