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Winter 2019 Newsletter

Featured Articles

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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. 

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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.

Read more about the seminar series ›

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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.

Read more about the infant feeding research › 


More News

Mobile Health Unit Finalizes Service Hours for Patrons

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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.

Read more about the unit and see the schedule ›


Faculty Investigators Receive New Grants and Begin Pilot Studies

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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.

Read more about the new grants and studies ›


Two New Staff Members Work with Participants and Their Data

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The Center welcomed two new staff members: Jasmine Rubalcava, pictured at left, an interventionist and Nickolas Katsantones, a data manager. 

Read more about the new staff members ›


Staff and Students Present at Recent Obesity Society Conference

Staff member next to research posterStephanie 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. 

Read more about the research presented 


Publications Include Papers on Religion and Stimulant Use, Pregnancy Weight Gain

Illustration of an open bookInvestigators 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.

Read the full list of publications ›


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.

See a list of news articles about the Center ›

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