Congratulations Dr. Guadalupe X. Ayala!
Our Co-Director, Dr. Guadalupe X. Ayala was selected as the award recipient of the SDSU President's Leadership Fund (PLF) Award for Faculty and Staff Excellence this year.
Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Award
IBACH received the institutional “Public Health Champion Award” on April 11th from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
HCHS/SOL Data Book and Booklet now available
Gregory Talavera, M.D., is the principal investigator for the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Field Center in San Diego.

Jan. 22, 2015 Notice:

We are having technical problems with the IBach website. The Main Menu links work, but other page links to program details and institute members are not working. Also, this home page may be unavailable, due to changes in our server setup. In that case, you will see a temporary page with a listing of  institute members.
For more information or help, please contact Karmin Rodriguez at 619.594.2395 EMAIL:

We appreciate your patience!

Welcome to the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH)

IBACH is a non-profit research institute under the auspices of San Diego State University Research Foundation in San Diego, California, USA. The institute is home to an active group of researchers representing a variety of disciplines and home to three centers: (1) the South Bay Latino Research Center of Excellence which includes the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos and its numerous ancillary studies (e.g., Sociocultural, Study of Latino Youth); (2) the Center for Health Equity Research and Policy, and (3) the San Diego Prevention Research Center.


TMP Student Spotlight- Myra Hollis

Posted on 18 Nov 2014
My name is Myra Hollis and I am a third year student at SDSU working towards a major in Psychology with a minor in Counseling. I am  a member of the Training and Mentoring Program (TMP) at IBACH, a program that involves students in various aspects of research. One component of the TMP

Latina Cancer Survivor Makes a Career of Helping Others with Cancer

Posted on 25 Aug 2014
A wave of shock swept over Olga Cardona as she listened to her doctor. “You have breast cancer.” Cardona knew nothing about cancer. She thought it was a death sentence. She was scared. She worried more when her insurance wouldn’t cover all chemotherapy. How could this be happening to

Our Mission

The mission of IBACH is to identify modifiable determinants of health disparities and to develop effective strategies to reduce these disparities. We foster active collaboration between researchers and partners from many different specialties, institutions, and communities. The resulting findings and interventions are contextually, linguistically, and culturally sensitive, as they are based on the experience and the extensive evidence gathered by researchers and partners.