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Dr. Talavera is a bilingual, bicultural physician with over 30 years of community-based clinical and public health research experience. He obtained his BA from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a Medical Degree from the University of Utah and his MPH and Preventive Medicine residency training from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego joint program. He recently joined the Psychology Department at San Diego State University as a Professor.  He also is the Founder and Co-Director of the South Bay Latino Research Center. He has dedicated his clinical practice, research and advocacy to reducing disparities in the Latino Community both in San Diego and nationally. During the early part of his career, he practiced medicine in the Spanish-speaking, underserved communities of San Diego’s border region. As a family practitioner, he came to understand the culture-specific beliefs that serve as barriers to quality chronic disease clinical management.

Over the last 30 years he has designed and managed research programs involving cardiovascular disease prevention, breast and cervical cancer screening promotion, behavioral interventions for diabetes care, recruitment of minorities into long-term clinical trials, and smoking cessation. In total he has led 21 grants, contracts and supplements totaling over $32 million in direct costs. All of these service and research programs have been culturally- and linguistically- appropriate for indigent, low-literacy Spanish-speaking Latinos. He is currently the PI for a series of chronic disease clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of the chronic care model on adherence to care among Spanish-speaking Latinos in a community health center. He has mentored numerous high school, undergraduate, masters, pre-doctoral students. Since 2006 he has been the principal investigator for the landmark Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, a longitudinal study of Latino health in 4 US cities and the largest study of Latino health in the US.