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.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 09:08
A recent study by the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine found Latinos and other minorities spend more time traveling to and waiting for medical care, Fox Health reports. For the study, researchers used a sample of 4,000 people who reported their wait times...
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 14:52
Meg Reyes, fue diagnosticada con cáncer de seno con apenas 33 años “Solamente requería una tumorectomía”, dice ella, “pero a causa del tamaño de mi tumor mis doctores fueron muy agresivos con mi tratamiento y me removieron 16 ganglios”. Con el apoyo incondicional de...
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 09:13
A few months after her mother’s death, Mary Gonzalez asked her doctor, if she should have a mammogram, the doctor said she was too young. Two years after she found a lump under her arm and after insisting to have it checked she found out it was breast cancer. “It was...
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 14:24
Although Latinas have lower rates of breast cancer, it is still the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. According to the the Susan G. Komen Foundation , only 64% of Latinas have had a mammogram in the last two years compared to 67% White, non-Hispanic and...
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.