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Mission and Vision

The overall mission of the Latino Alcohol and Health Disparities Research and Training Center (LAHDR) is to advance the science and practice of health behavior change interventions to promote improved health outcomes.   Research and training at LAHDR is particularly focused on reducing alcohol-related health disparities and treatment inequities among Hispanics.    Through its research agenda, LAHDR informs the understanding of the underlying process of behavior change through research evaluating Self-determination Theory and principles of Positive Psychology, and applies this knowledge in the development of novel intervention strategies. In addition, LAHDR seeks to enhance the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based approaches to reduce the public health burden of alcohol problems through the application of evidenced-based training strategies.

The LAHDR Center’s vision is to become a focal point for training the next generation of alcohol-related health disparities scholars and clinicians with advanced training in evidence-based approaches to address alcohol-related health inequities among Hispanics.


About UTEP

Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, UTEP is unique among research institutions.
Nearly 23,400 students are enrolled at UTEP, and that number continues to increase each year. UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 73 bachelor’s, 71 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees taught by outstanding faculty who have been nationally recognized for their commitment to student success. A degree from UTEP is also a great value because the University has the lowest out-of-pocket cost of all public research institutions in the nation.
UTEP has been recognized by Washington Monthly magazine for a third consecutive year among Stanford, Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley as one of the top 10 universities in the nation. The magazine recognized UTEP for its strong impact on the students served, cutting edge research and success in encouraging students to give back to their communities. For improving the future prospects of its student population, the magazine ranked UTEP #1 among all U.S. colleges and universities for the fourth consecutive year in the subcategory of social mobility.
With more than $90 million in annual research spending, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic – a designation that boosts the region’s economy and quality of life, while offering a wealth of research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn more by visiting UTEP


About the Region

El Paso is located at the western tip of Texas, where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico meet. It is the largest international metroplex in the world and seamlessly blends cultures and traditions: from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico, from the heritage of Native Americans to the beauty of our desert sun. El Paso has long been discovered. Since the early days when Spanish Conquistadors arrived at the banks of the Rio Grande in 1598, to today, with the millions of visitors who come here on a yearly basis.
Learn more by visiting Vista El Paso