Comienzo Sano: Familia Saludable II
Funding Agency: United States Department of Agriculture
Funding Period: September 2009 - August 2011
The Comienzo Sano: Familia Saludable II Project, a continuation of our USDA project funded in 2007, aims to create lasting enhancements to CSULB curricula and student experiential learning opportunities. Through this multidisciplinary project, a Latino Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention course was developed and is in the process of being institutionalized into the CSULB GE course offerings. Furthermore, faculty and lecturers have received training in the implementation of the course as well as a training to better advise Latino students to ensure their academic success. Comienzo Sano: Familia Saludable II funds experiential learning internships for 13 students in order to better prepare them to improve the nutrition and overall health status of US Latinos. The Student Community Health Educators (SCHEs) will also provide culturally and linguistically relevant health education regarding prenatal care, the importance of breastfeeding initiation and duration, proper infant nutrition and the importance of exercise and family-centered health and wellness strategies to over 200 Latina WIC mothers. Furthermore, one graduate student intern will receive a full tuition scholarship, including books, materials, and conference travel opportunities.