Dr. Gregory A. Talavera, was honored as the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice award recipient at the 2014 APHA meeting in New Orleans this week.
Dr. Greg Talavera is a professor in the division of behavioral sciences and health promotion, Graduate School of Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University, California. He is an internationally known scholar, educator, and researcher in the field of public health. During the early part of his career, he practiced ambulatory medicine in the Spanish-speaking, underserved communities of San Diego’s border region. He has been part of the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health Studies (IBACH) since 1991, and currently serves as the Co-Director of IBACH. Dr. Talavera serves as principal investigator for three programs funded by NIH including: 1) The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), 2) A cancer infrastructure building program (Redes En Acción) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (NCI/CRCHD) Community Networks Program; and 3) Latinos Understanding Need for Adherence (LUNA) which is a currently funded NIMHD Center of Excellence (COE)/San Diego Partnership to Reduce Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Latinos. His current research interests explore the culture-specific beliefs that serve as barriers to chronic disease prevention and control.