Rosalba Hernandez Named PI for R21 Grant from NIMHD

Illinois Social Work’s Rosalba Hernandez has been named Principal Investigator for an R21 grant entitled, “Obesity in Hispanic/Latino Youth: Intergenerational Effects of Parents’ Stress” from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Recent studies show the unequal distribution of structural violence—in the form of stress manifesting from direct or residual effect of racism—to which parents of color are exposed, is increasingly being recognized as a key contributor of childhood disparities in obesity. Data from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos indicated that nearly 80% of Latinos reported experiencing lifetime discrimination. The grant will allow a secondary data analysis of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Youth Study, a cross-sectional multisite observational study of obesity and cardiometabolic risk among U.S. Hispanic/Latino children and their caregivers.

This grant is embedded within a larger center grant from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) under award no 5U54MD012523.