Ghaffar Ali Hurtado Choque
Dr. Hurtado Choque is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Extension Specialist at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, focusing on family and community health. Mr. Hurtado focuses his research, scholarship and outreach in the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion interventions at the family and community levels.
Prior to joining UMD, Ali Hurtado was a research associate at the University of Minnesota Extension and the Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research. He is actively engaged in health disparities research, scholarship and outreach.
Dr. Hurtado is the co-investigator for a community based participatory research Latinx parent education program called Padres Preparados, Jóvenes Saludables (Prepared Parents, Healthy Youth). The goals of this program are to: 1) increase the frequency of father's positive parenting practices regarding healthy eating and physical activity and 2) improve the eating and physical activity behaviors of parent's 10-14 year-olds.
In addition, he is a co-investigator for the Maryland Rural Opioid Technical Assistance (ROTA). MarylandROTA (Rural Opioid Technical Assistance) is part of an initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and was established by the University of Maryland (UMD) in partnership with local and state organizations.
Dr. Hurtado is an investigator for the Well Connected Communities, which is a national well-being initiative by America’s Cooperative Extension System in partnership with National 4-H Council. This initiative is focused on supporting health equity by developing and supporting policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change in communities and throughout the Cooperative Extension System.
Dr. Hurtado is an Extension Specialist at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on family and community health.
PhD, Human Resource Development
University of Minnesota
FMSC383 Delivery of Human Services to Families
USDA NIFA, co-PI, "Latino Fathers Promoting Healthy Youth Behaviors," 2016-21
SAMHSA, co-PI, "Strengthening the Capacity of Rural Maryland to Prevent Opioid Misuse," 2019-21
Schroeder, M., Dybsetter, A., Perdue, L., Kim, H., Blue, M. and Hurtado G. A. (2015). Cooking With Whole Grains: A Skills-Based Training for Child Care Providers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48(3), 229-230.
Arroyo-Johnson, C., Allen, M. L, Colditz, G. A, Hurtado, Davey, C. S, Thompson, V. L Sanders, . . . Goodman, M. S. (2015). A tale of two Community Networks Program Centers: Operationalizing and assessing CBPR principles and evaluating partnership outcomes. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 9(2), 61-69.
Svetaz, M. V., Garcia-Huidobro, D., Hurtado, G. A., Trebs, L., Hernandez, S., Bartels, A., . . . Allen, M. (2015). Can a healthy youth development clinic serving Latino families be youth friendly and family oriented? A mixed-methods evaluation. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.
Porta, C., Allen, M. L., Hurtado, G. A., Padilla, M., Arboleda, M., Svetaz, M. V., . . . Sieving, R. E. (2015). Honoring Roots in Multiple Worlds Professionals’ Perspectives on Healthy Development of Latino Youth. Health Promotion Practice.
Svetaz, M. V., Garcia-Huidobro, D., Hurtado, G. A., Trebs, L., Hernandez, S., Bartels, A., ... & Allen, M. (2015). Can a healthy youth development clinic serving latino families be youth friendly and family oriented? A mixed-methods evaluation. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.
Lovet, K., Johnson, B., Caskey, M., Pleasants, C., & Hurtado, G. A. (2014). The Use of Energizers to Reinforce Nutrition Concepts and Encourage Physical Activity. Journal of Extension, 52(4).
Kunkel, K., Hurtado, G. A., Conrad, Stephanie, Routh, Brianna, Joeng, Ju Ri, & Harrison, Megan. (2013). Lessons in a Box Make a Difference for Head Start Youth. Journal of Extension, 51(3), 3RIB4.
Allen, M. L., Hurtado, G. A., Yon, K. J., Okuyemi, K. S., Davey, C. S., Marczak, M. S., . . . Svetaz, V. M. (2013). Feasibility of a parenting program to prevent substance use among Latino youth: a community-based participatory research study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(4), 240-244.
Gold, A., Barno, T. A., Sherman, S., Lovett, K. & Hurtado, G. A. (2013). Creating a Minnesota Statewide SNAP-Ed Program Evaluation. Journal of Extension, 51(2), 2RIB3.
Allen, M. L., Svetaz, M. V., Hurtado, G. A., Linares, R., Garcia-Huidobro, D., & Hurtado, Monica. (2013). The Developmental Stages of a Community–University Partnership: The Experience of Padres Informados/Jovenes Preparados. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 7(3), 271-279.
Allen, M. L., Garcia-Huidobro, D., Hurtado, G. A., Allen, R., Davey, C. S., Forster, J. L., . . . Reynoso, U. (2012). Immigrant family skills-building to prevent tobacco use in Latino youth: study protocol for a community-based participatory randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13(1), 242.
Allen, R., Allen, M. & Hurtado, G. A. (2009). Voices of Latino immigrant parents: Lessons learned through the collaborative development of a parent education program to prevent substance use by Latino teens. National Council on Family Relations - Report, Family Focus on Immigration/Migration 54(3):29-31.