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Our Science behind Healthy Change in Communities

How far along is healthy change in your community? Where can you get involved?

The answers can be found in the Salud America! Policy Contribution Spectrum, a science-based way to identify and describe the stages of policy development.

The Spectrum helps pinpoint important activities that contribute to the process of policy development, from noticing there is a problem, to the passing of a policy, to monitoring a policy to make sure it does what it was created to do.

Our detailed Spectra is found in the March 2013 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Curating Latino Health Info for a New Generation

At Salud America!, we use “digital content curation” to raise awareness of Latino child health issues, as well as promote solutions and build people’s capacity to change these issues.

Our digital health curation model, published in February 2016 in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare, uses a “collect, craft, connect” strategy to sift through the massive amounts of content created across the Internet to identify and bring our audience to targeted, relevant and engaging content (at the time we called the campaign SaludToday, although now we are Salud America!).

Addressing Latino Childhood Obesity Through Research and Policy: Findings from the Salud America! Experience

Guided grocery store trips, menu labeling at restaurants, community gardens, and video-game-based exercise programs are among several promising, culturally appropriate ways to prevent obesity among Latino children, according to a collection of studies from Salud America! published in a supplement to the March 2013 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The supplement focuses on Salud America! achievements in the past five years and features 19 papers of groundbreaking research focused on Latino children and families.

Salud America! Developing a National Latino Childhood Obesity Research Agenda

Salud America! conducted a national Delphi survey among researchers and stakeholders to yield the first-ever National Latino Childhood Obesity Research Agenda.

The agenda, published in the journal Health Education and Behavior in June 2011, provides a framework to stimulate research and collaboration among investigators, providers, and communities, and inform policy makers about the epidemic’s seriousness and specific needs for priority funding.

Current Research Issues

Since 2018, Salud America! covered these topics:

Past Research Issues

From 2015-2018, Salud America! covered these topics:

From 2013-2015, Salud America! covered these topics:

In 2011, Salud America! also released three national research briefs:

Past Research Grantees

In 2009, RWJF, through Salud America!, funded 20 two-year pilot research grants to inform policymakers and advocates working to prevent/reduce Latino childhood obesity:


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