National network to support advocacy to reduce Latino child obesity.
The Institute for Health Promotion Research
About the IHPR
The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio investigates the causes of and solutions to the unequal impact of cancer, chronic disease and obesity among Latinos in South Texas and beyond.
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 07:52
You’ve probably heard stories of how a Latino youth achieved success and overcame poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, discrimination, and other barriers. But how can more youth find such success? A new report by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) examines the personal,...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:30
Latino kids get fewer of the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity AND are more likely to engage in sedentary behaviors, like watching TV, research shows . What can be done to help more Latino kids be active? One of the greatest ways to address inactivity...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:20
Anthony Rivera More than 20,000 U.S. Latinos are on kidney transplant lists, struggling to survive as they wait for a potential life-saving organ donation. Just like 7-year-old Anthony Rivera. The family of Anthony, who live in Illinois, took him to the doctor after he...
Each year, the Exito! program selects up to 20 master's-level students and master's-trained health professionals to attend a 5-day summer institute, offering tools to encourage them to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently.
Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children has built a network—an online community—of nearly 2,000 researchers, academics, community leaders and other advocates dedicated to reversing Latino childhood obesity.
Salud America! developed the fist-ever Latino Childhood Obesity Research Priority Agenda that fueled a call for proposals for pilot research projects to build the field of Latino researchers and increase evidence to fight Latino childhood obesity.
The resulting 20 pilot grantees, since 2009, have tested innovative interventions and evaluations in Latino childhood nutrition, fitness and policy. The grants are "career-builders," helping grantees leverage their data to get a foothold at their institutions, as well as embark on larger-scale work based off their successful pilot results.
In fact, the 20 grantees already have accrued more than $30 million in new funding, and more proposals are in review and development.
In October 2011, the 20 Salud America! grantees started sharing their individual research briefs (featuring preliminary research and policy implications) with local, regional and national policymakers.
Meanwhile, grantees also helped develop the Policy Contribution Spectra model, which visually illustrates how researchers can work in and between different levels in the policy development process—thus defining and measuring policy contribution. Grantees worked with a spectra expert to see how their work contributes to policy development, opening pilots' eyes to innovative ways they can influence policy even when their pilot project expires.
This video illustrates how far grantees have come in impacting policy.
Each year, the Exito! (Success!) Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program selects up to 20 master's-level students and master's-trained health professionals from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute in San Antonio, offering tools, tips, role models and motivation to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently.
Participants also are eligible for one of nine $5,000 internships.
Exito! is based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Of the 37 Exito! program participants in 2011 and 2012, about half already have applied to doctoral degree programs. Eight have been accepted.
Applications are now available for download at http://ihpr.uthscsa.edu/exito.html for the 2013 Exito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.