Project San Antonio Latina Trajectory Outcomes

Proyecto SALTO (“Project San Antonio Latina Trajectory Outcomes”) is a health study of young women who lived in San Antonio, Texas, as teenagers. The first project began more than 15 years ago when researchers Alice Cepeda and Avelardo Valdez were at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Today, Proyecto SALTO is gathering information to understand and bring attention to health issues faced by Hispanic women in an effort to improve health and social services in San Antonio. The goals of Proyecto SALTO are to empower women and improve the lives of the next generation of young Hispanic females and their families.

Principal Investigators
ALICE CEPEDA was born and raised in San Antonio. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her doctoral degree in sociology from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Today, she is an associate professor at the University of Southern California in the School of Social Work. Her work has focused on the influence of family, friends and culture on young women’s health behaviors.

AVELARDO VALDEZ was born in San Antonio. He received his PhD at the University of California Los Angeles. He was a faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio for over 20 years. During this time, he was the director of the Hispanic Research Center and conducted research among Mexican Americans in San Antonio. He is currently a professor at the University of Southern California in the School of Social Work. A primary focus of his work is the health status of Mexican Americans in poor communities in San Antonio.

Contact us:
Esme Ramirez, esmerami@usc.edu
Adriana Trevino, trevinoa@usc.edu
Ernestina Cazares, ecazares@usc.edu

210.318.3525