The San Diego field site is a partnership between San Diego State University
Graduate School of Public Health (SDSU
), University of California at San Diego
School of Medicine (Preventive Cardiology) (UCSD
), and the San Ysidro Health
). Primary functions and responsibilities play on the expertise
of each partner. SDSU staff’s primary functions include recruitment and
retention of the study population, psychosocial and behavioral theory
development and measurement, training core activities, the hearing exams,
the cognitive status assessments, physical activity assessment, and formative
research and community consultation. UCSD staff’s primary functions include
the CVD risk factors, subclinical disease and CVD events ascertainment,
sleep studies, medical records adjudication, and oversight for pulmonary
SYHC, as a partner, provides expertise regarding health promotion and research
in the Hispanic/Latino community, and ambulatory and hospital services for
the Hispanic/Latino community. The primary service area of SYHC is South
Suburban and Central San Diego County, or the "South Bay".
SYHC has 4 medical clinics extending along the corridor from the border
to National City. The fact that SYHC is present in the South Suburban and
Central region facilitates their role in the partnership in terms of community
consultation, established contacts with the medical community, and the
potential to assist with recruitment and access to care for potential participants.
SYHC staff’s primary functions include outreach efforts in the target community,
formative research and community consultation, recruitment, access to care for
uninsured patients, health education, dental exams, and the training core
activities. In particular, SYHC plays a central role in giving back to the target
community. SYHC is responsible for the health education component of the HCHS/SOL.
SYHC hires, trains and supervises several promotores or lay health advisors,
who provide participants with risk factor counseling and referral into SYHC
and/or other community programs.
The San Diego field site is located in the heart of the target area in the city
of Chula Vista between Interstate 5 and 805. The site is accessible by bus, a
light rail system and there is ample parking for those that drive. The clinical
space occupies 3,600 square feet in commercial medical office space on the campus
of the Scripps Chula Vista Hospital
. The suite has about 20 rooms to comfortably
accommodate participants during the screening process including adult and child
waiting areas and staff offices with views of San Diego Bay.