Affiliated Centers

Center for Research on Sexuality and Sexual Health (SASH)

SASH brings together a multidisciplinary group of faculty, students, and participating scholars engaged in sexuality and sexual health research. By conducting multidisciplinary, community-engaged, and collaborative research, training, and health promotion focusing on diverse priority populations, SASH aims at reducing disparities and inequities related to sexuality and sexual health.

Co-Director: Eric R. Buhi, PhD, MPH
Co-Director: Heather L. Corliss, PhD, MPH

SASH Contact Information
9245 Sky Park Ct., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: (619) 594-1758
Fax: (619) 594-1462
Web address:

South Bay Latino Research Center (SBLRC)

IBACH’s collaborative efforts are highlighted by the NIH-funded South Bay Latino Research Center. Led by Dr. Talavera, the SBLRC is a tri-lateral collaboration between SDSU, UCSD, and SYHC that seeks to promote and expedite research to improve chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity) outcomes in Latinos living in the border region of San Diego. Together, these organizations are working to build on existing partnerships to conduct rigorous, community-based epidemiologic, behavioral, and genetic research in an effort to reduce disparities for disadvantaged populations, and at the same time provide improved service to the community, answer important biomedical questions, build research capacity in the community, and stimulate and train investigators in CVD disparities.

An exemplar of this effort is the landmark Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), the largest epidemiological study of Latino health funded by NHLBI. HCHS/SOL is a multi-site, multi-disciplinary epidemiologic study of 16,000 adult Hispanics/Latinos to determine the role of acculturation in the prevalence and development of disease, and to identify factors playing a protective or harmful role. SDSU/IBACH and UCSD, led by Drs. Talavera (PI) and Elder (Co-PI), together comprise one of four field centers and a coordinating center funded as part of this study. The San Diego Field Center and collaborating universities bring significant expertise to this national effort to understand better the underlying risk and protective factors associated with racial/ethnic health disparities, including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, and asthma and other lung disorders.

Gregory A. Talavera, MD, MPH

SBLRC Contact Information
450 4th Ave, Suite 311
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Tel: (619) 205-1923
Fax: (619) 240-7852
Web address:


San Diego Prevention Research Center (SDPRC)

The SDPRC was an interdisciplinary academic-community partnership between San Diego State University, the University of California at San Diego, San Ysidro Health Center, Casa Familiar, and Chula Vista Community Collaborative. It was one of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.

The SDPRC’s main research project was Familias Sanas y Activas or Healthy and Active Families. This research aimed to identify methods for promoting physical activity and improving the health of the Latino population. It also looked to translate research into practices that are meaningful to Latino communities and that can be sustained through formal and informal community networks.

Director: John Elder, PhD, MPH
Co-Director: Guadalupe X. Ayala, PhD, MPH
Deputy Director: Hala Madanat, PhD

SDPRC Contact Information
9245 Sky Park Ct., Suite 221
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: (619) 594-2395
Fax: (619) 594-2998
Web address: