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Established in 2018, the Research Department at Borrego Health provides an infrastructure to facilitate and oversee research at Borrego Health. The Research Department works with academic institutions and Borrego Health providers and staff to develop and engage in research that improves the health of the patients and communities we serve.


Below is a list of research projects that Borrego Health has assisted with or engaged in to date. Currently, due to diminished capacity, Borrego Health is focused on three active research partnerships. For questions regarding new or on-going research opportunities, please email


Research Projects

  • Supporting the implementation of a state policy on screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Federally Qualified Health Centers - USC - Mónica Pérez Jolles, PhD

  • Examining Multi-Level Predictors of Patient Diabetes Rates within Clinics Belonging to a Federally Qualified Health Center - USC - Mónica Pérez Jolles, PhD

  • HPV Vaccination Among LGBTQ Young Adults – SDSU - Heather Corliss, MPH, PhD

  • MyPlate Dissemination for Latinos in Rural Communities - UCR; FIND Food Bank (Indio, CA) - Ann Cheney, PhD

  • Cultural Pride Reinforcement for Early School Readiness (CPR4ESR): Development of a Clinic-Based Literacy Program to Promote Cultural Pride and School Readiness in Early Childhood – UCR - Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MS

  • Patient-Centered Medical Home as a Complex Health Intervention – USC - Mónica Pérez Jolles, PhD

  • Assessing Barriers to Contraceptive Care Among Resettled Refugee Women: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Disparities in Quality and Access – UCSD - Morgen Chalmiers, MA

  • Mexican Migrant MSM, Sexual Networks, and Prevention Hotspots in San Bernardino County – UCSB - Susan Cassels, PhD

  • Phase II Trial of Tesamorelin for Cognition in Aging HIV-Infected Persons – UCSD - Ronald Ellis, MD, PhD

  • Prior Experience with Dolutegravir-based Two-drug Regimen and Outcomes (PEDTRO): Motivation behind the use of DTG-based 2DRs for Treatment of HIV in the United States – Adelphi - Jenna Roberts, PhD

  • Conversations about COVID in Inland Southern California – UCR - Juliet McMullin, PhD

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Address the Psychosocial Co-Morbidities of Chronic Pain in Aging People Living with HIV – UCSD - Maile Karris, MD

  • An Exploration of PCPs' Implicit Bias against Substance-Using MSM and Its Impact on Clinical Decision-Making for HIV PrEP – LLU - Oleksandr Dubov, PhD

  • Interest, Concerns, & Attitudes among MSM & Healthcare Providers Toward Prophylactic Use of Doxycycline for Bacterial STIs – UCLA - Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH

  • Identifying Health Literacy and Cultural Factors for Adapting Advance Care Planning for Latinos/as with Chronic Illness – SDSU - Frances Nedjat-Haiem

  • Needs Assessment of Older Adults Living with HIV During COVID-19 – USC - Annie Lu Nguyen, PhD, MPH

  • Cervical Cancer Screening in a Large Federally Qualified Health Center in Southern California – SDSU - Heather Corliss, MPH, Ph

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