Dr. Scarlett Lin GomezThom McKenzie Banner
Scarlett Lin Gomez, M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology, is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a member of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a Research Scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, where she is the Director of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, a participant in the NCI SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, End Results) program and the California Cancer Registry. Her research focuses primarily on cancer health disparities and aims to understand the multilevel drivers of those disparities. RSVP NOW!
San Diego State Emeritus Professor to Receive Highest Award from SHAPE America
Thomas L. McKenzie, emeritus professor of exercise and nutritional sciences, San Diego State University, will receive the highest award given by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators
Associate Professor Eric Walsh-Buhi Named Fellow of American Academy of Health Behavior
The status of Fellow within AAHB is a distinction based upon merit and bestowed on health behavior scientists who have distinguished themselves through their publication record, grant procurement, and professional presentations.
The National Cancer Institute recognizes Dr. Elva Arredondo for her commitment to mentorship. Congratulations!
This prestigious award named Dr. Arredondo a mentorship honoree at the Celebrating 21 Years of the CURE Program Recognition Ceremony in Bethesda, Maryland.
Partnership Scholars Program
On August 8, the 2017 Partnership Scholars presented their summer research projects at a poster session. The Partnership Scholars Program is a 10-week summer internship with the possibility of a year-long mentoring program. Scholars are matched with faculty mentors at UCSD and SDSU conducting basic, behavioral, or public health research. They attend weekly seminars led by UCSD and SDSU faculty about cancer biology, cancer disparities, research ethics and career development. Of the 15 SDSU and 2 UCSD students, the majority are continuing their research during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Partnership In Pink
On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Partnership faculty, staff, and their families participated in American Cancer Society's annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in San Diego. The team raised $1,160 for breast cancer research, support services, and early detection.

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. It is home to an active group of researchers, students, and professionals working together to improve the quality of life of all residents, and several research centers, including the Center for Research on Sexuality and Sexual Health (SASH), and the South Bay Latino Research Center (SBLRC). IBACH’s reputable group of researchers has over 30 years of grant funding success, and is part of a vast collaborative network who represent a variety of disciplines, and many of who are faculty with San Diego State University; including the College of Health and Human Services, College of Science, and College of Business Administration. 

Our Mission

IBACH’s mission is to build the evidence-base of behavioral, social, cultural and built environmental factors associated with health disparities, and methods for ameliorating these factors through innovative interventions. We work collaboratively with partners and their organizations, and use these opportunities to train the next generation of researchers and practitioners.