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Niños Sanos, Familia Sana

Niños Sanos, Familia Sana project page

Childhood Obesity rates in the U.S. have tripled over the last 30 years. Latino children have a higher risk of becoming overweight compared to non-Latino white children.

Niños Sanos, Familia Sana is a multifaceted intervention that integrates nutrition, physical activity, economic, and community based art interventions focused on empowering families, schools and communities to respond to this growing health problem and create healthier communities.

Niños Sanos, Familia Sana targets Mexican-origin children ages 3-8 and their families from Firebaugh and San Joaquin, two rural communities located in California's Central Valley. Creating a Community Campus Partnership (CCP) between UC Davis and these rural towns will allow our team to generate new knowledge regarding behavioral factors that influence childhood overweight/obesity and develop culturally appropriate strategies that will meet the needs of the residents. Over the next five years Niños Sanos, Familia Sana has identified four goals: (1) slow the rate of growth of weight gain among children between the ages of 3-4 in the intervention site of Firebaugh as compared to the control site San Joaquin; (2) identify mediating factors influencing the effect of economic (market) and educational interventions on child weight gain;(3) culturally refine and implement science-based nutrition and physical activity curriculum; (4) increase the number of culturally sensitive undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students in nutrition, agricultural economics, education and allied health so as to better serve California's growing Mexican origin population.

Too often, research findings that identify solutions to childhood obesity do not include input from those communities most affected by this problem. The Niños Sanos, Familia Sana project will create and implement interventions that will use community input and participation to ensure engagement and ownership of these interventions and in the long run create community sustainability for a healthier community. We believe that the quality and usefulness of research data from these types of projects occur only when we have community engagement throughout the research process.



Lynette Brewer

Dorina M Espinoza

Marcel Horowitz

Margaret C Johns

Cathi Lamp

Lenna Ontai

Constance Schneider

Kristen Stenger


Addiction Research & Investigation for Science Educators

National Institutes Of Health National Institute On Drug Abuse Adela De La Torre, PI 9/1/2008-8/31/2012

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Addiction Research and Investigation for Science Educators (ARISE) aims to improve the content knowledge of science teachers (grades 7-12) in the area of biology, biochemistry, and neurobiology, using drug abuse and addiction as an interest approach in understanding scientific concepts. Project focus is on teachers who have large numbers of English Language Learners in their science classes.

These teachers must improve both their pedagogical skills in teaching EL students, and their ability to teach science standards effectively to both English Proficient and English Language Learner students.


Bioterrism Response Planning Partnership

This grant assures the continuation of the data elements for the Public Health Department, compiling the California Reportable Disease Information. This statewide data center acquires necessary information from our Public Health Laboratories, covering 88 current bioterrorism and epidemic diseases, hopefully controlling the spread should we have an outbreak.

The CTH focus in this multi-site partnerships with the CDPH is to analyze current epidemiological data reported by public health labs and local departments of public health to assess California's emergency response capacity, with an emphasis in vulnerable communities as a result of disease such as influenza, swine flu and other infectious diseases.