Southern California Center for Latino Health

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Obesity and related chronic diseases, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and dyslipidemia continue to increase in the U.S., and Latinos are disproportionally affected. These disparities begin in early life, occur within families, and are driven by multi-level factors, including individual (diet, eating behaviors), social (cultural values, economic factors), and environmental (access to healthy foods, chemical exposures such as air pollution). These factors interact to affect Latino health but are rarely studied in a holistic manner. Southern California is home to 10.8 million Latinos, representing 45.2% of the population

The overarching goal of the Southern California Center for Latino Health (SCCLH) is to understand how these multi-level factors contribute to multiple chronic disease disparities in Latinos across the life course, and to develop and evaluate family-based, culturally sensitive solutions. 

Partner Institutions

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Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

4661 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States

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Kaiser Permanente

100 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
United States

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San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
United States

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University of California San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

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University of Southern California

1975 Zonal Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
United States

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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

2219 Bath St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States

Team

  • Michael Goran, PhD
    Principal Investigator
    Director, SCCLH
    Co-Leader, Project 1: El SENDERO
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH
    Co-Investigator
    Associate Director, SCCLH
    University of Southern California
  • Anna Peare, MPH
    Program Manager, Administrative Core
    Member, Administrative Core, Investigator Development Core, Methods and Data Sub-Core, & Community Engagement Core
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Samuel Klein, MD
    Member, Administrative Core
    Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
  • Kayla de la Haye, PhD
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
    Co-Investigator, Project 1: El SENDERO
    University of Southern California
  • Tanya Alderete, PhD
    Co-Lead, Project 1: El SENDERO
    University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Alaina P. Vidmar, MD
    Co-Investigator, Project 1: El SENDERO
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS
    Co-Investigator, Project 1: El SENDERO
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Kerri Boutelle, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 2
    University of California, San Diego
  • Dawn M. Eichen, PhD
    Co-Investigator, Project 2
    University of California, San Diego
  • Kyung (Kay) Rhee, MD, MSc, MA, FAAP
    Co-Investigator, Project 2
    University of California, San Diego
  • Deborah A. Cohen, MD, MPH
    Principal Investigator, Project 3
    Kaiser Permanente
  • Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN
    Co-Investigator, Project 3
    Member, Investigator Development Core
    Kaiser Permanente
  • Juan Espinoza, MD, FAAP
    Director, Methods and Data Sub-Core
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Ramon A. Durazo-Arvizu, PhD
    Biostatistician, Projects 1–3 
    Member, Administrative Core & Methods and Data Sub-Core
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • John P. Wilson, PhD
    Member, Methods and Data Sub-Core
    University of Southern California
  • Mahsa Babaei, PhD
    Member, Methods and Data Sub-Core
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD
    Director, Investigator Development Core
    University of Southern California
  • John Elder, MPH, PhD
    Co-Investigator
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
    San Diego State University
  • Elva M. Arredondo, PhD
    Member, Investigator Development Core
    San Diego State University
  • Matthew A. Allison, MD, MPH
    Mentor, Investigator Development Core
    University of California, San Diego
  • Hooman Allayee, PhD
    Mentor, Investigator Development Core
    University of Southern California
  • Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD
    Mentor, Investigator Development Core
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez, PhD, MPH
    Mentor, Investigator Development Core
    California State University, Long Beach
  • Shannon E. Whaley, PhD
    Mentor, Investigator Development Core
    Public Health Foundation Enterprises
  • Marymar Vacio
    Project Assistant, Investigator Development Core
    University of Southern California
  • Michele Kipke, PhD
    Director, Community Engagement Core
    University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Adriana Argaiz, MSSP
    Associate Director, Community Engagement Core

    Member, Community Engagement Working Group
    University of Southern California
  • Rosa Barahona
    Member, Community Engagement Working Group
    University of Southern California
  • Nicole Wolfe, PhD
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    Member, Community Engagement Working Group
    University of Southern California
  • Suzanne Phelan, PhD
    Member, Community Engagement Core
    California Polytechnic State University
  • Rachyl Pines, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Pilot Project 1: Community-Based Nutrition-Lifestyle Therapy for Pregnant Latina Women With Diabetes
    Research Scientist
    Sansum Diabetes Research Institute and Cottage Health Research Institute
  • Christopher Anderson, PhD, MSPH
    Principal Investigator, Pilot Project 2: Infant Feeding Practices and Disparities in Early Childhood Diet and Weight Status among Latino WIC Participants
    Associate Research Scientist
    Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) WIC
  • Alaina Vidmar, MD
    Principal Investigator, Pilot Project 3: Impact Of Meal Timing On Glycemic Profile in Latino Adolescents with Obesity
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles 
  • Jeremy Landeo-Gutierrez, MD, MPH
    Principal Investigator, Pilot Project 4: Disparities in Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Latino Children
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    University of California San Diego/Rady Children's Hospital
  • Leah Yieh, MD, MPH
    Principal Investigator, Pilot Project 5: The Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Outcomes and Resource Utilization for Very Low Birthweight Latino Infants in Los Angeles
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Abigail Horn, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Pilot Project 6: Analyzing Digital Menu Data to Characterize Nutritional Quality of Food Environments in Latino Neighborhoods within Southern California
    Research Assistant Professor
    Information Sciences Institute; Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Viterbi School of Engineering; University of Southern California

Pilot Projects

  1. Community-Based Nutrition-Lifestyle Therapy for Pregnant Latina Women With Diabetes
  2. Infant Feeding Practices and Disparities in Early Childhood Diet and Weight Status among Latino WIC Participants
  3. Impact Of Meal Timing On Glycemic Profile in Latino Adolescents with Obesity
  4. Disparities in Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Latino Children
  5. The Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Outcomes and Resource Utilization for Very Low Birthweight Latino Infants in Los Angeles
  6. Analyzing Digital Menu Data to Characterize Nutritional Quality of Food Environments in Latino Neighborhoods within Southern California