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Friday, April 10 • 1:45pm - 3:10pm
FR1.45.18 Understanding the twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS affecting Latino communities throughout Miami-Dade County, Florida

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This session presented by the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) at Florida International University will address the escalating twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS affecting Latino communities throughout Miami-Dade County, Florida. This presentation is an expression of our efforts to ensure the long term sustainability and expansion of the Center and its community partners in their pursuit towards reducing and/or eliminating HIV/AIDS and substance abuse health disparities in Latino populations and Latino women in Miami-Dade County, FL, in particular as represented in the general focus of our selected papers. Of particular importance will be the insights drawn from our multidisciplinary and community based research that has advance our understanding of the underlying individual, family, and community factors that influence the spread of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse among Latinos. Presenters will explore the HIV/AIDS needs of a south Florida Latino community as well as the Latino pre-to-post immigration risk behavior trajectories. Speakers will reflect on recruitment and assessment of young adult Latina women who recently immigrated to the United States. Furthermore, the visions of a social networks program to reduce HIV among Latina migrant workers will be discussed. Through this panel, we will demonstrate the relevance for developing efforts of collaboration within the Miami-Dade County with community-based organizations as well as enhance the much-needed evidence-based public health research focusing on these vulnerable populations.


Exploring HIV/AIDS Needs Of A South Florida Latino Community
Patria Rojas, Florida International University; Catalina Lopez-Quintero, Florida International University; James Melton, Florida International University; Francisco Sastre, Florida International University; Mario De La Rosa, Florida International University

Latino Pre- To Post-Immigration Risk Behavior Trajectories
Mariana Sanchez, Florida International University; Francisco Sastre, Florida International University; Mario De La Rosa, Florida International University

Using Social Networks To Reduce Hiv In Latina Migrant Workers
Mariano Kanamori, Florida International University; Maritza Jaramillo, enFAMILIA; James Melton, Florida International University; Alanna Pugliese, Florida International University; Maricarmen Santos, Florida international University; Rosa Babino, Florida International University

Influence of Mother-Daughter Attachment on Substance Use: A Longitudinal Study of a Latina
Mario De La Rosa, Florida International University; Hui Huang, Florida International University; Patria Rojas, Florida International University; Frank Dillon, Florida International University; Catalina Lopez-Quintero, Florida International University; Tan Li, Florida International University

Facilitating the Recruitment and Assessment of Young Adult Latina Women Who Recently Immigrated to the United States
Frank Dillon, Florida International University; Diana Sheehan, Florida International University; Rosa Babino, Florida International University; James Melton, Florida International University; Christine Spadola, Florida International University; Mario De La Rosa, Florida International University

Presenters
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Frank Dillon

Florida International University
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Hui Huang

Florida International University
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Mariano Kanamori

Florida International University
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Patria Rojas

Florida International University
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Mariana Sanchez

Florida International University

Moderators
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Mario De La Rosa

Florida International University

Friday April 10, 2015 1:45pm - 3:10pm
Cambridge (2nd floor)