Congratulations Dr. Guadalupe X. Ayala!
Our Co-Director, Dr. Guadalupe X. Ayala was selected as the award recipient of the SDSU President's Leadership Fund (PLF) Award for Faculty and Staff Excellence this year.
Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Award
IBACH received the institutional “Public Health Champion Award” on April 11th from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
HCHS/SOL Data Book and Booklet now available
Gregory Talavera, M.D., is the principal investigator for the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Field Center in San Diego.
San Diego Prevention Research Center
Familias Sanas y Activas Zumbathon 2014

Welcome to the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH)

IBACH is a non-profit research institute under the auspices of San Diego State University Research Foundation in San Diego, California, USA. The institute is home to an active group of researchers representing a variety of disciplines and home to three centers: (1) the South Bay Latino Research Center of Excellence which includes the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos and its numerous ancillary studies (e.g., Sociocultural, Study of Latino Youth); (2) the Center for Health Equity Research and Policy, and (3) the San Diego Prevention Research Center.


Latina Cancer Survivor Makes a Career of Helping Others with Cancer

Posted on 25 Aug 2014
A wave of shock swept over Olga Cardona as she listened to her doctor. “You have breast cancer.” Cardona knew nothing about cancer. She thought it was a death sentence. She was scared. She worried more when her insurance wouldn’t cover all chemotherapy. How could this be happening to

Three-Time Cancer Survivor Brings Message of Hope, Prevention to Latinos

Posted on 25 Aug 2014
Alma Daneshi cried as she sat in her San Diego-area oncologist’s office, traumatized by past-and-present health battles that continued to endanger her life. She had been through a brain aneurism and open-brain surgery. Then breast cancer. Then breast cancer again, followed by cervical

Understanding Hispanic/Latino Health- A SDSU professor leads the most comprehensive study ever conducted on Hispanic and Latino health- SDSU NewsCenter

Posted on 03 Mar 2014
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, released the largest and most comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/Latino origins. The data will enable individuals, communities, and policy makers to ta

Study Reveals Most Latinos Have Two Or More Risk Factors For Heart Disease- KPBS

Posted on 03 Mar 2014
The nation’s largest study of Latino health reveals most Hispanics have a high profile for heart disease. The study involves more than 16,000 Latinos nationwide. Participants were recruited in San Diego, Miami, the Bronx and Chicago. The study measures the prevalence of a variety of c

Our Mission

The mission of IBACH is to identify modifiable determinants of health disparities and to develop effective strategies to reduce these disparities. We foster active collaboration between researchers and partners from many different specialties, institutions, and communities. The resulting findings and interventions are contextually, linguistically, and culturally sensitive, as they are based on the experience and the extensive evidence gathered by researchers and partners.