The IHPR was established on Oct. 1, 2006, as a unit of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The leadership of the IHPR actually began conducting research in the early 1980s, starting with a program called Salud En Accion, which united experts in the fields of public health promotion, health research, health communication and community networking to research the similarities and differences of Latinos and the opportunities present for disease and cancer prevention and control.
The researchers have since been involved with more than 100 funded projects aimed at improving Latino health, from scientific research to behavioral intervention to innovative communication strategies and training/mentoring programs.
Major projects include Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network (www.redesenaccion.org), which aims to combat Latino cancer, and Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children (www.salud-america.org), which aims to increase the number of researchers and advocates engaged in finding policy and environmental solutions to the Latino childhood obesity epidemic.