National network of researchers using the California Health Interview and Pew/RWJF Latino Surveys to eliminate health and health care disparities

As the United States becomes more heterogeneous, better and more complete data can help us better understand the impact of diversity on health and health care, and help us devise patient-centered care strategies for diverse populations. Currently, information about many minority groups, such as Latino subgroups, Black/African subgroups, American Indian/Alaska Natives and immigrants of different acculturation stages, is limited, and few data sources capture this heterogeneity. This project will bring together a team of multidisciplinary senior faculty researchers for two main functions: (1) to conduct disparities research on the care provided to minority subpopulations for chronic diseases; and (2) to mentor junior faculty investigators to develop a new generation of researchers with the skills needed to reduce the disparities through improved health care.The functions will be carried out by two working groups. The Research Workgroup will analyze databases identified as having significant potential for contributing new knowledge about quality of care for minority patients with chronic diseases and will focus on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. This work will make a significant contribution to the research literature by producing 25 to 30 peer-reviewed published articles and reports. A goal will be to produce research articles on issues that match RWJF program priorities. The Mentoring Workgroup will create a program to identify, provide technical assistance to and aid the career development of 15 junior faculty investigators. The junior investigators will work in teams with senior faculty mentors on priority quality-of-care issues. The project will create the technical capability to produce a significant number of published articles, and will create statistical support for the mentoring component, including research and training.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $2,000,000.00

Awarded on: 11/5/2007

Time frame: 11/15/2007 - 5/14/2011

Grant Number: 62609


University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

10833 LeConte Avenue
Box 951736
Los Angeles, 90095-1736


Michael A. Rodriguez
Project Director


William A. Vega
Project Director