Latino Center for Health


The Latino Center for Health announces launch of small grants program 

March 2016 -Two levels of funding are currently available through the program.  Academic and community partners that are in the early stages of collaboration can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to continue their planning for future research projects.  Those applying to conduct pilot research projects can request up to $20,000.  Funds can be awarded to the community organization, the researcher’s institution or both. Principal Investigators can be either staff at community organizations or researchers at academic institutions.  Academic researchers serving as Principal Investigators must be at one of our affiliated institutions, the University of Washington and Heritage University

be considered for this award, you must first submit a letter of intent (LOI).  This letter may be submitted by either the researcher or the community organization, with a letter of support from the non-submitting partner.  The LOI should be a 1-page document and include background for the project, project goals, members of the project team, expected outcomes and level of funding request. Please submit your letter of intent by April 15, 2016 and email it to with "Latino Center for Health Small Grants Program" in the title. Full applications must be received by May 31, 2016.  Download application instructions here. 

Fortifying corn masa with folic acid can reduce health disparities in birth outcomes

January 2016 - While the incidence of neural tube defect has decreased substantially in the U.S. since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instituted fortification of grains and cereals with folic acid in 1998, racial/ethnic disparities persist. Hispanic women continue to experience the highest rates of neural tube defects, with rates highest among less-acculturated Mexican-origin women. The two most common neural tube defects are spina bifida, a spinal defect affecting lower extremely functioning, and anencephaly, in which the brain does not fully develop. Anencephaly is incompatible with life, and affected babies die shortly after birth. An investigation of 2010-2014 birth records by the Washington State Department of Health confirms that three counties in central Washington State experienced a very high rate of anencephaly, with 60% of the cases being births to Hispanic women. Extending folic acid fortification to corn masa flour could begin to address the racial/ethnic disparities in neural tube defects that persist nationwide. Read more

Legislators and community celebrate state investment

On Wednesday, July 29,2015 legislators, faculty and community members attended a reception to celebrate the $500,000 allocation by the State Legislature to further the mission of the Center. 

State invests $500,000 in first Latino center for health in WA
Critical funds to be used to advance research and improve health practices

There is a scarcity of bilingual and bicultural providers to meet the health needs of the Latino population. They often experience multiple chronic diseases and stressors which further complicate their health. Latinos account for 12% of the overall population in Washington State yet lack access to health services that meet their unique needs. The Center is staunchly committed to impactful research, practice and policy that enhance the delivery of culturally responsive services to diverse Latino communities. Read more

Huerta receives inaugural health justice award

On November 18, 2014 the Latino Center for Health awarded Dolores Huerta with the inaugural Health Justice Award at our scholarship breakfast.  Huerta is a living icon of social justice who has played a significant role in the American civil rights movements.  Her advocacy has helped to improve the health and lives of countless Latinos across the country.  Her presence at the scholarship breakfast also contributed to the success of the scholarship breakfast which raised over $12,500 in funds.  The funds will be distributed in the 2015-2016 academic year to graduates students who demonstrate a commitment to improving health in Latino communities.  Huerta was interviewed by Steve Scher during her visit to campus.  Listen now


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