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Thursday, April 9 • 3:15pm - 4:40pm
TH3.15.19 Community-Based Research Partnerships for Preventing Health Risks among Urban Young Adults

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Urban research universities are interested in building community research partnerships for advancing health promotion. Florida International University (FIU) is a large Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) located in Miami-Dade. FIU and Miami-Dade fall within a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Miami-Dade is first in the nation in AIDS case rates, and Florida has seen a steady rise in the incidence of HCV among young adults. The SAMHSA-funded “Miami-Dade Partnership for Preventing Health Risks among Young Adults” brings together FIU and two Miami-based CBOs, Union Positiva, and Spectrum Programs, to reduce substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C among Hispanic young adults. Strategies to facilitate academic-community collaboration include: 1) integrating data from a number of sources; 2) involving community members in research activities; 3) creating interdisciplinary research teams; 4) balancing research and action; and 5) implementing culturally tailored evidence-based practices. The Miami-Dade Partnership has received cross-organizational support from both staff and senior administration; both are critical for our efforts to succeed. Three years of SAMHSA funding further solidify the importance of all partner contributions. Early project phases have included: 1) a university-community needs assessment; 2) development of a strategic plan for prevention needs among Hispanic young adults; 3) selection of culturally appropriate evidence-based prevention strategies; and 4) formative research among both university and community leaders and stakeholders. These early phases will serve to inform subsequent health promotion efforts, which will include health screening, point-of-care HIV/HCV testing and counseling, normative and environmental changes, and a media advocacy/awareness campaign. Preliminary results suggest that academic-community partnerships prove successful in advancing health promotion agendas in urban communities.


Sofia Fernandez

Project Coordinator, Doctoral Student, Florida International University

Juliette Graziano

Spectrum Programs, Inc.

Michelle Hospital

Florida International University
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Melissa Howard

Assistant Professor, FIU

Eric Wagner

Florida International University


Eric Wagner

Florida International University

Thursday April 9, 2015 3:15pm - 4:40pm EDT
Oxford (2nd floor)