In the United States, chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. These chronic diseases are more prevalent in underserved populations based on race/ethnicity, geographical location, and income levels. Despite these differences, engaging individuals in research and other health initiatives remains difficult. To address this concern, we are developing the Nosotros Network as a community-based outreach and engagement effort designed to work together with and through groups in Southern Arizona. Our goal is to increase health awareness in the community and provide a direct link to research and health initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of our community.
Dr. John Ruiz from the College of Psychology is also a collaborator on this project.