Latino Network for Diabetes Translational Research (National Resource Core)


Linda Gallo, PhD
San Diego State University

Carmen Isasi, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Addie Fortmann, PhD
Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute Core Faculty

Gregory Talavera, MD, MPH
San Diego State University
Core Faculty

Jeffrey Gonzalez, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The Latino Network Core will build on the landmark Hispanic Community Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a community-based cohort of 16,415 adults from four cities with large Latino communities — Bronx, NY, Miami, FL, San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL.



The causes of Latino diabetes disparities include social determinants with their roots in structural racism, as well as psychosocial, lifestyle, biological and genetic pathways. To combat diabetes disparities and improve quality of life in the large and growing US Latino population, innovative, culturally appropriate approaches are needed that address multi-level targets, partner with community entities, and apply state of science technologies. The Latino Network Core supports translational research that focuses on cutting-edge diabetes prevention and management approaches with emphasis on sociocultural adaptation for US Latinos. We continue to leverage resources and expertise of the HCHS/SOL, which now includes six years of longitudinal follow-up (with a third, 12-year follow-up visit in process) and data from multiple ancillary studies relevant to diabetes translational research across the life course. Core faculty expertise in cultural tailoring, community engaged research, and eHealth approaches help guide maximally effective and innovative translational research.


  • The Latino Network Core services structured to help investigators:
    1. Building national capacity for diabetes translational research among Latinos
    2. Leveraging resources and expertise in HCHS/SOL and facilitating access to high-quality phenotypic data
    3. To provide consultation and mentorship on study conceptualization, design, assessment, and evaluation for Type 2 to 4 translational research on diabetes prevention, management, and healthcare services in Latinos .


Grant Acknowledgement

Users of Core Services are asked to acknowledge the support of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) grant that supports our Center in their publications and presentations: P30 DK111022.