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National Latino Research Center

National Latino Research Center


The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) is an applied social science research center with longstanding community and organizational partnerships in the U.S.-Mexico border region. The mission of the NLRC is to promote research, training, and greater awareness on the unique needs and dynamics of U.S. Latina/o communities. The NLRC works in partnership with Latina/o communities, organizations, and public institutions bridging educational and health resources and opportunities. 

NLRC engages in research related to health (e.g., mental health, migrant health, indigenous medicine); education (e.g., parent engagement, college and career preparation, youth empowerment, multilingual and multicultural education); civic learning and action (civic mission of schools, voting, volunteering, public policy), and the environment (e.g., healthy communities, environmental justice).   

New Grant Award!

NLRC cms award

The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) has received a 2023 Minority Research Grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health. The research project is a partnership between the NLRC, Vista Community Clinic, and Vista Unified School District. The proposed research will develop and evaluate “Bridges2Health,” a Community Health advocate program developed by a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC). The project will tailor and evaluate the intervention within two recently designated “Community Schools” within the Vista Unified School District in north county San Diego. 

The Bridges2Health Community Health Advocate from Vista Community Clinic will provide support within two Community Schools to assist ethnic/racial minority, low- income, and limited English proficient students and their families establish a medical home, connect them with community resources to address health needs, increase enrollment and sustain engagement with Medicaid/CHIP and SNAP programs, and plan health specific events in the community.

Press Conference 2023