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Current Research

Project PdNHF: Screening and Brief Motivational Intervention in the Paso Del Norte Region

Funded By: Paso Del Norte Health Foundation

The Latino Alcohol & Health Disparities Research (LAHDR) Center proposes to address the Shift+ health objectives of reducing binge drinking in all ages and provision of Screening and Brief Motivational Intervention (SBMI) training to community counselors in the Paso Del Norte Region (objective 2.4 a, b, c and 3.8) by implementing PASOS 2: Screening and Brief Intervention in the Paso del Norte region. The brief intervention method used by LAHDR is informed by Motivational Interviewing (MI), and will be referred to as SBMI in this proposal. A meta-analysis of MI has demonstrated large effect sizes in minority populations (Hettema, Steele, & Miller, 2005). Building upon the Center’s previous training efforts in this region, this proposal will use a broadened recruitment approach that will hold numerous information sessions on MI and hold open training sessions and booster sessions to recruited individuals interested in joining a community of learning. We will also continue training efforts with one organization, El Paso County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (EPCCSCD) who has committed to providing MI training to their supervision officers. We propose the following objectives for this project: 1) Implement an SBMI training model based on strong organizational support for 80-100 probation officers at EPCCSCD. We expect to keep 65% of the trainees from the introductory training engaged in 80% of our SBMI 20-hour training model. 2) Increase awareness of SBMI and its applicability in different settings and foster new collaborations. Recruit and provide community-wide SBMI training to 60 community providers to build interest and commitment to developing SBMI skills through a more flexible and accessible community training model. Our main efforts with this community model will focus on building and maintaining trainee interest and engagement in training activities, thereby creating a broader SBMI community of practice in the region. 

Past Research

Project Valor: Culturally Adapted Brief Intervention for Heavy Drinking Latino Men

Funded By: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

In this comparative-effectiveness study, we will recruit 600 Mexican-origin men who speak English, Spanish, or are bilingual and have admitted to a community hospital for medical treatment of an alcohol-related injury or heavy drinking. Participants will be randomized to receive a culturally adapted brief motivational intervention (CA-BMI) or a non-adapted brief motivational intervention (NA-BMI). The primary outcomes of interest include alcohol use, alcohol problems, help seeking, and treatment utilization. Telephone follow-up assessments will be completed at three, six, and twelve months post-treatment.

 

Ethnicity, Alcohol and Spousal Violence

Funded By: NIAAA/NIH/

PI: Caetano, R.

Co-investigator: Field, C.

To conduct a follow up national survey of 1665 African-American, Hispanic, and White couples to advance our understanding of the longitudinal interrelationships of intimate partner violence with alcohol consumption patterns, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other associated factors.

 

Brief Intervention to Reduce Injury in Minorities

Funded By: NIAAA/NIH/

PI: Caetano, R.

Co-investigator/Project Director: Field, C.

The study is a randomized controlled trial of a brief alcohol intervention based on motivational interviewing and harm reduction to reduce alcohol consumption and injury following admission to an emergency department or trauma center for treatment of an injury. The primary aim of the proposed project is to determine the efficacy of this intervention among Whites, Blacks and Hispanics.

 

Multidisciplinary Approach to Reduce Injury & Alcohol Use

Funded By: NIAAA/NIH

PI: Field, C.

This proposal hypothesizes that the necessity of a booster session is dependent upon the patient’s motivation to change their drinking behavior at the time they present for treatment of an alcohol related injury. Further, the currently proposed study will extend current findings regarding brief intervention with injured patients to include an evaluation of the treatment referral and harm reduction components. Subsequent treatment utilization is a particularly important outcome of interest among patients with alcohol dependence and comorbid disorders including drug dependence or depression as well as those with psychosocial problems such as homelessness.

 

NIH Loan Repayment Program:

Funded By: Health Disparities Scholar

Funded By: NCMHD/NIH

The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) offers educational loan repayment to qualified applicants through the Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (HDR-LRP). The HDR program provides an incentive for health professionals to engage in basic, clinical or behavioral research directly relevant to health disparities research. The program seeks to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals in research careers that focus on minority health disparities research or research related to the medically underserved. The Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program is designed to attract health professionals to minority health and health disparities research, for the purposes of improving minority health and reducing health disparities. Participants in this program receive educational loan repayment depending on total educational loan debt

 

Collaborative Alcohol Research Development and Planning: UT School of Public Health and University of Hawaii

Funded By: NIAAA/NIH

PI: Goebert, D.

Co-investigator: Field, C.

This project has the long-range goal of establishing and sustaining a program in alcohol research that focuses its efforts on the disproportionate rates of alcohol consumption in minority populations and on cultural perspectives necessary for accessing these groups, conducting research and developing programs, especially with regards to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The purpose of the subcontract was to provide alcohol research training and mentoring of minority scientists at the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine

 

Clinical Trials Network: Texas Node

Funded By: NIDA/NIH

PI: Adinoff, A.

Scientific Coordinator/Training Coordinator: Field, C.

This application proposes a new Clinical Trials Network (CTN) node representing Texas. The Texas Node is comprised of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and affiliated institutions as well as seven Community Treatment Providers in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, and El Paso. The Texas Node utilizes an administrative and organizational structure based on NIDA’s Clinical Trial Network, its policies and procedures, and the initiation of centralized clinical, data management/statistical, and logistical centers. This collaboration will enable the Texas Node to take the lead in the development of future of protocols within the CTN, in addition to ancillary and externally funded studies that maximize the CTN platform.

 

Motivational Interviewing/Feedback for College Drinkers

Funded By: NIAAA/NIH

PI: Walters, S.

Co-investigator: Field, C.

This study will evaluate the separate and collective effects of Ml and feedback among “binge” drinking college students. Additionally, this study will evaluate the effects of the initial drinking assessment, through including a delayed-assessment control group. After an initial screen, 350 students at the University of Texas at Dallas who report at least one heavy (i.e., “binge”) episode during the previous two weeks will be randomized to: (1) Ml with feedback, (2) Ml without feedback, (3) Mailed feedback only, (4) Assessment only, or (5) Delayed assessment only. Ml sessions will be delivered by trained and supervised “peer” counselors. Participants will be assessed via a secure internet site at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months (12 months only for the Delayed-assessment group), with primary outcome measures including self-reported quantity and frequency of drinking, and drinking related problems.

 

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