David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
Alma Guerrero, Ph.D is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. Dr. Guerrero practices general pediatrics working with vulnerable populations in the West Los Angeles area who have high unmet medical and psychosocial needs. She has an interest and clinical experience in childhood obesity and child development of young Latino children. Dr. Guerrero’s research has focused on examining Latino parental perceptions of childhood obesity, child development, and family-centered care. Dr. Guerrero has conducted qualitative research in the area of early childhood obesity, designed a primary intervention across Los Angeles County to improve child development education among low-income largely Latina mothers who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Women (WIC program), and completed various secondary data analyses that are contributing to the understanding of young Latino children’s health and development and their healthcare experiences.
The aims of this study are to examine the racial/ethnic disparities in obesogenic dietary behaviors among California children, as well as examine the family and neighborhood factors associated with these dietary behaviors. To meet the aims of this research the largest state health survey, the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), will be used and linked to census tract data.
My New Connections Experience
With New Connections, I’ve gained additional training in research methodologies and mentorship to further develop my career as a pediatric health services researcher with an interest in Latino child health disparities.
- Award Year: 2013
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Childhood Obesity
- Project Name: Examining racial/ethnic differences in obesogenic dietary behaviors among children and the associated family and neighborhood factors.