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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. Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health, Minority Research Grant Program. Principal Investigator, Konane Martinez, Ph.D.

CAMP Evaluation 

NLRC designed and administered a survey and focus groups for CAMP to evaluate their programs success with students. Funded by CSUSM College Assistance Migrant Program, U.S. Department of Education.

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Census Research 

Examine the 2020 Decennial Census data in the border region and the shifts in demographics in the university's service areas between the 2010 and 2020 years. Inform CSUSM and local partners on how to better understand the current demographic trends in their service areas and how this may impact service gaps in the university and local institutions among these populations. Funded by CSUSM Office of Graduate Studies and Research (OGSR)

Educational Equity Report Card for North San Diego County 

CSUSM ethnically diverse students continue to experience significant disparities in opportunities and outcomes when it comes to social mobility compared to their peers. This research project analyzes disparities in public education in the north county region of San Diego County. Using U.S Census Bureau and California Department of Education data, NLRC will provide a report summarizing demographic indicators, language, retention, suspension and expulsion rates, graduation rates and also provide recommendations on how to improve educational experiences of local students. Funded by CSUSM donor. Principal Investigator, Ana M. Ardón, MA.

Latino and PIC Health SuRE Project

Latinos and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) are among the communities most drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, worsening preexisting health disparities among these communities. COVID-19. In response to the impact of COVID-19 on health behaviors the research team plans to develop a mobile application to help improve our community's health concerns using key informant interviews, focus groups, and surveys among the Latinos and NHPIs. Funded by R16 NIH SuRE Grant - Principal Investigator: Dr. Christina Holub, Collaborator, Dr. Konane Martinez

NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy

NLRC will collaborate with the NASA Academy to provide guidance to youth participants and families on college readiness and parent/family engagement in education. Funded by NASA. Principal Investigators: Dr. Ed Price and Dr. Gerardo Dominguez.

Pesticide Illness Education Academy for Community Health Workers

NLRC collaborates with OEHHA to create a Pesticide Illness Education Academy Program for community health workers to become trainers in pesticide illness. Funded by California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Principal Investigator: Dr. Konane Martinez.

Pesticide-related Health Practices Among Mixteco Farmworkers in California 

This study aims to improve pesticide illness outreach and education in California by assessing how Mixtec Mexican Indigenous farmworkers and traditional healers in California perceive pesticides and the health risk associated with pesticide exposure and where they seek healthcare when dealing with the health effects of pesticide exposure. Funded by California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Principal Investigator: Dr. Bonnie Bade.