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Innovations in Multi-Level Intervention Research in Latino Communities: Data needs for replication and process implementation

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Air date: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 2:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 102, (1 Live, 101 On-demand)
Category: Health Disparities
Runtime: 01:19:07
Description: NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series

Standards for collecting and reporting data on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status help researchers, policy makers, health providers, and advocates identify and address health disparities affecting underserved communities. However, identifying health disparities and effectively targeting and monitoring efforts to address them has been limited by a lack of specificity, uniformity, and quality in data collection and reporting procedures. In his presentation, Dr. Ortega will discuss an intervention to improve the food landscape in East Los Angeles, California, a high-profile Latino community that has been classified as a “food swamp,” with poor access to comprehensive grocery stores and foods recommended as a basis for a healthful diet. This corner store conversion, or market makeover intervention, involves many stakeholders and participants. Dr. Ortega will discuss the process, implementation and impact of this multi-level, community-oriented, trans-disciplinary and transformational intervention.

Dr. Ortega, an epidemiologist and health services researcher, is Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry & Bio-Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is Director and Principal Investigator of the UCLA Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded Center of Excellence that aims to understand and intervene in cardiovascular disease disparities among Latinos in East Los Angeles. Dr. Ortega received his M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University and a Ph.D. in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan.
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Author: Dr. Alex Ortega, University of California, Los Angeles
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