Current Studies

Leveraging Bio-Cultural Mechanisms to Maximize the Impact of Multi-Level Preventable Disease Interventions with Southwest Populations (U54 Specialized Center of Excellence)
Principal Investigator: Flavio Marsiglia
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2017-2022

The overaching aim of the Specialized Center of Excellence is to advance knowledge on the prevention of cardiometabolic disease and substance abuse disorders among the health disparities populations of the Southwest. 

 

Every Little Step Counts: Follow-up of a Culturally-Grounded Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents (ELSC study part of U54 Specialized Center of Excellence)
Principal Investigator: Gabriel Shaibi 
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2017-2022



Multi-level Effects of a Parenting Intervention for Enhancing Latino Youth Health Behaviors
 
(FPNG+ study part of U54 Specialized Center of Excellence)
Principal Investigator: Sonia Vega-López
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2017-2022

 

Eliminating COVID-19 Disparities in Arizona in Partnership with Underserved/Vulnerable Communities (supplement to the U54 Specialized Center of Excellence)
Principal InvestigatorFlavio Marsiglia
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2020-2022

The projects aim is to increase access, acceptance, uptake, and sustainability of COVID-19 testing among underserved American Indian, Latinx, and African American communities living in testing deserts in Arizona through the implementation and evaluation of an innovative community-engaged intervention.  It combines the R.A.P.I.D. testing model of Equality Health with a FDA-authorized saliva-based diagnostic test developed by the Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. 

 

Eliminating COVID-19 Disparities in Partnership with Underserved/Vulnerable Transnational Communities of Arizona (supplement to the U54 Specialized Center of Excellence)
Principal InvestigatorFlavio Marsiglia
Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2021-2023

 

Arizona CEAL COVID Consortium (AC3): Promoting Health Equity during the COVID Pandemic
Principal InvestigatorsSairam Parthasarathy, University of Arizona; Sabrina Oesterle, Arizona State University; Samantha Sabo, Northern Arizona University; Chyke Doubeni, Mayo Clinic; 
Funding: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2020-2023

The overarching goal of the AC3 is to conduct community-engaged research and outreach to increase COVID-19 awareness and education among communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (including Arizona’s Latino, American Indian, and African American communities) and to reduce misinformation and mistrust.

 

The Maryvale Family-Wellbeing Project
Principal Investigators: Rebecca Birr,  Micaela Mercado
Funding: Watts College One Square Mile Initiative/Family Learning Center, Valleywise Community Health Centers, 2021-22

Using a community-based participatory research approach, this project partners with the Family Learning Center and the Hispanic/Latino families they serve to improve parents’ knowledge about adult/child behavioral and mental health issues and services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Relationship between Permissive Social, Normative, and Legal Marijuana Environments and Marijuana and ATOD use from Late Childhood to Young Adulthood (Community Youth Development Study, CYDS)
Principle InvestigatorsSabrina Oesterle, ASU; Margaret Kuklinski, University of Washington
Funding: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018-2023

This study examines the interplay of social, normative, and legal marijuana contexts and its impact on marijuana and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use from late childhood to the late 20s using survey data collected from a cohort of young adults followed since Grade 5 as part of the randomized trial of the Communities That Care (CTC) prevention system. The project also examines long-term effects of CTC on substance use and other behavioral health outcomes in young adulthood. 

 

Culture, Longitudinal Patterns, and Safety Promotion of Handgun Carrying among Rural Adolescents: Implications for Injury Prevention
Investigators: Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, University of Washington (Principal Investigator); Sabrina Oesterle, ASU (co-Investigator)
Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020-23

The study focuses on rural communities where the high levels of firearm access and mortality, cultural influences, attitudes and risks associated with youth handgun carrying are understudied and underserved. The study is a collaboration with investigators from the University of Washington, Washington State University, Arizona State University, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

 

Promoting Health and Well-being among Latino Youth in Rural and Small Town Communities in the United States
Investigators: Katarina Guttmannova, University of Washington (Principle Investigator); Sabrina Oesterle, ASU (co-Investigator)                    
Funding: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2020-24

This project uses existing community-based longitudinal as well as national cross-sectional data to examine influences on health and well-being of rural Latino youth to understand health disparities in substance use and associated risk and protective factors.

 

Health and Functioning in New Midlife Adults: Understanding the Role of Alcohol Use, Social Environments, and Preventive Intervention over the Life Course
Investigators: Marina Epstein, University of Washington (Principal Investigator); Sabrina Oesterle, ASU (co-Investigator)
Funding: National Institute of Aging, 2021-2026

This study examines the influence of sociodemographic statuses and transitions among those now entering midlife on comorbid health outcomes in early midlife, as well as the role of life-course alcohol use and social and neighborhood environments for midlife health using longitudinal data from the Seattle Social Development Study (SSDP), a diverse community sample followed from age 10 to 48.