Center for Community Based and Applied Health Research
Mission & Vision


The Center for Community-Based and Applied Health Research (CCBAHR) fosters research collaborations among interdisciplinary UTSA research faculty and community partners including, but not limited to health care agencies, community-based organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations. In this endeavor, the Center provides an opportunity to integrate biomedical knowledge, technology, human resources, education, and policies needed for the maintenance and improvement of health, including fighting disease and adverse effects of aging.

Our Vision

Communities engaged and mobilized to promote health equity for all.

Mission Statement

The Center for Community Based and Applied Health Research aims to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary, applied health research that engages, empowers, and mobilizes communities. Combining expertise of research faculty and community stakeholders, the Center is dedicated to identifying sustainable approaches for behavioral medicine applications to community health problems. Community partners include, but are not limited to, Head Start and early childhood centers, schools, clinics, and churches. The Center advances and complements community-based research lines that address issues related to obesity, diabetes, HIV, and other chronic conditions.

Objectives of the CCBAHR

The Center for the Community Based and Applied Health Research is committed to:

  • Fostering research collaborations among interdisciplinary researchers, health care agencies, community-based organizations, schools and faith-based organizations;
  • Increasing the number and quality of culturally sensitive and interdisciplinary community-based and applied health research studies that address health disparities across the lifespan for underserved populations;
  • Employing innovative approaches for public and scientific dissemination of information regarding the Center’s activities and outcomes;
  • Providing opportunities for research activities for undergraduate and graduate community health and nutrition students;
  • Improving health and wellbeing of community members in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area and throughout South Texas using community-based and applied health initiatives;
  • Establish national recognition for UTSA’s innovative community-based and applied health research and place UTSA on the global map.