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The Latino Health Research Center’s researchers and students aim to increase understanding regarding the health behaviors among Latinos in the United States and abroad. Their research advances knowledge of health disparities by understanding both the individual person and the social and cultural structures around them.

From studying the health of Latina transgender women to tracking the rate of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies among Latino youth, research projects aim to understand the complex factors that influence health behaviors within the community.



Research Projects



Latina Transgender Women



Latino Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)












District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research

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The District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC-CFAR) is a multi-institutional effort to promote and support research that contributes to ending the HIV epidemic in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the United States, with HIV seroprevalence rates surpassing those in some sub-Saharan African countries. Led by a committee of HIV scientists from across several universities, DC-CFAR partners with government and community to make a difference in the lives of persons infected with and at risk for HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C.

Contact Information



Kim Blankenship, PhD
Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Core
[email protected]


Maria Cecilia Zea, PhD
Associate Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Core
[email protected]


Visit the DC-CFAR Website