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Agreement Program - Indiana

Health Disparities and Quality Care
Fiscal Year 2005-2009
Grantee

University of Notre Dame,
Inter-University Program for Latino Research

511 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-3819 
Fax: (574) 631-3522
E-mail: Cardenas7@nd.edu
Title: National Latino Overweight and Obesity Education and Prevention Initiative
Project Period: 9/30/05 - 9/29/09
Project Director: Gilberto Cardenas
Target Population: Hispanics/Latinos


The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) is a national consortium for research and information dissemination with the mission of fostering new knowledge and a greater understanding of the nation’s growing Latino population. IUPLR, based at the University of Notre Dame, is comprised of 18 Latino research centers located at major universities in ten states. IUPLR brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to conduct policy-relevant research on Latinos, conducts training programs, sponsors interdisciplinary research pertinent to Latinos and the nation as a whole, and creates links between scholars, policy experts, public officials and community advocates. Its Census Information Center (CIC) is designated by the U.S. Census Bureau as an official part of a nationwide effort to ensure that underserved communities have access to census data. The Washington, D.C. Site Office facilitates collaboration with other national Latino organizations, and sharing of research findings with policy-makers and decision-makers. The IUPLR Working Groups, drawn primarily from faculty from the various member centers, foster collaborative, interdisciplinary, and comparative research on a wide range of topics, including health and human services, affecting the health status of Latino populations.

National Latino Overweight and Obesity Education and Prevention Initiative: This project addresses the obesity epidemic among Latinos through a bilingual, culturally appropriate information campaign designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the adverse health consequences of overweight and obesity, and the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Activities include: convening a working group to discuss applied research on the prevention of overweight and obesity among Latinos; conducting a Research Workshop on the epidemiology of obesity among Latinos; creating posters to communicate project messages; working with health care professionals to create and distribute posters on overweight and obesity; producing and broadcasting radio programs on overweight and obesity targeting teachers, administrators, and health care and other professionals; public radio spots on overweight and obesity education and prevention produced and broadcast by Radio Arte, Radio Bilingue, and Sabor Latino, targeting Latino youth and Spanish speaking immigrants; producing an information packet, including an interactive DVD, posters, and radio program materials, for distribution by Latino community-based organizations; and creating a website on information and products developed through this initiative. Six community workshops will be conducted to promote the initiative and disseminate project materials to health care professionals and work with community and minority organizations and public health providers in an established and an emerging Latino community to develop pilot programs for integrated community public health campaigns focusing on obesity.



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