Winter 2019 Newsletter
Letter from the Director
Suzanne Phelan introduces a number of new initiatives for the Center and looks forward to what's to come in 2019.
New Seminar Series on Science of Health Disparities Brings Experts to Campus
A new seminar series focused on understanding race and its impact on public health will bring nationally recognized researchers and medical professionals to campus.
New Studies Aim to Give Babies Their Healthiest Possible Start
With $2 million in multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, Alison Ventura and her students are studying how interactions between mothers and babies may affect the risk for infant overfeeding and later obesity.
Mobile Health Unit Finalizes Service Hours for Patrons
The Mobile Health Unit has been providing referral services twice a week in Guadalupe and Santa Maria since November. Medical practitioners will be on site on a regular basis starting early in 2019.
Faculty Investigators Receive New Grants and Begin Pilot Studies
Investigators affiliated with the Center for Health Research (CHR) received a number of grants to continue or begin new research projects. In addition to these funded projects, researchers have launched new pilot studies in preparation for larger grant submissions.
Two New Staff Members Work with Participants and Their Data
The Center welcomed two new staff members: Jasmine Rubalcava, pictured at left, an interventionist and Nickolas Katsantones, a data manager.
Staff and Students Present at Recent Obesity Society Conference
Stephanie Gomez-Rubalcava, a research assistant, and kinesiology and public health student Kaitlin Stabbert presented their work at The Obesity Society national conference in Nashville in November.
Publications Include Papers on Religion and Stimulant Use, Pregnancy Weight Gain
Investigators affiliated with the Center had a busy fall quarter, with publication topics ranging from gestational weight gain to the relationship between religious coping and the misuse of prescription stimulants.
Center for Health Research Reported in the New York Times and by NPR
Readers may have seen center researchers’ work in the New York Times, NPR and over national news publications during the last several months.