Dates of Program: July 2007 through January 2015
Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children established and engages an online network of researchers, policy-makers, advocates, and others interested in addressing childhood obesity among Latinos.
Description: The program surveyed network members to determine their most important research priorities. The resulting research agenda guided the selection of 20 pilot research projects in 11 states for funding.
When RWJF shifted its childhood obesity focus away from research and toward supporting action, advocacy, and policy, Salud likewise shifted in this direction.
"Much of what we try to do is conduct the research, get the data, synthesize it, and then make it available to different audiences through different constructions and using different channels”—Deputy Director Kipling J. (Kip) Gallion, MA
For example, Salud America! Growing Healthy Change is an online platform featuring research vetted by Salud staff and consultants and integrated with information about policy that has been gathered and monitored by Salud "curators."