The mission of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) is to investigate the causes of and solutions to the inequitable impact of cancer, disease, obesity, and social determinants among Latinos in South Texas, Texas, and the nation.

The IHPR aims to:

  • Conduct research, interventions and outreach projects;
  • Train scientists and mentor students; and
  • Communicate findings and tools with researchers, academics and the public using websites, social media, news media, public service announcements, newsletters, educational publications, scientific articles and reports, and more.

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez directs the IHPR’s faculty and staff of more than 25, including specialists in cancer prevention, screening and early detection, clinical trials, health promotion and communication, tobacco, obesity, nutrition, exercise, and health equity. Dr. Rebecca Jones serves as the IHPR’s deputy director.


Family sitting on the porch

Salud America!

IHPR’s national network creates culturally relevant tools and stories to inspire people to drive community change for health equity for Latino and all families.

Exito group

Exito! Research Training

IHPR’s program conducts a summer institute, internships, and ongoing education to increase the number of Latino doctors and cancer researchers.

Cancer survivors

Redes en Accion

IHPR’s national research network works to reduce Latino cancer through multi-site interventions, researcher training, and community outreach.