Preventing Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse (PAASA)
In partnership with SAISD, San Antonio Metro Health, and with generous 5-year funding from SAMHSA, this project is aimed at reducing alcohol and substance use/abuse in San Antonio middle school students. This is achieved by using an evidence-based intervention to help students learn about emotional intelligence, peer pressure, and the dangers and consequences of alcohol and substance use for the developing brain.
Pathways to Prevention
The Institute for Health Disparities Research is currently partnering with San Antonio Metro Health to provide opioid use and abuse awareness training for HIV/AIDS at-risk youth and young adults (ages 13-24) in San Antonio. Similar training will be provided to local pharmacists and healthcare providers and distributed throughout the city as part of an environmental campaign to bring awareness to the interlinked problems of opioid abuse and HIV/AIDS. This 5-year project is funded by SAMHSA.
Sickness Behavior in the United States Survey
In 2018, the IHDR launched a nationwide survey to assess experiences with common, mild infectious diseases such as the flu or the common cold. The survey was distributed to over 1,000 participants across the country. Data analysis is ongoing, but current findings show that sociocultural and personality factors like traditional machismo, familism, and stoicism influence health status communication to others as well as recalled sickness symptoms and the role of demographics and similar factors in shaping medical risk taking.
Alleviating Pain and Opioid Dependence Through Anger Management
The IHDR is collaborating with Dr. Ephrem Fernandez (UTSA Psychology) to conduct a randomized control trial using telemedicine to deliver a unique anger management training to chronic pain patients across the country. Chronic pain is often associated with emotional responses, including anger. It is our belief that treating the emotional aspect of chronic pain can yield better responses than treating physical pain only, and that one of these beneficial outcomes may be reduced dependency on opioids for pain management. This study is funded by a seed grant from UTSA. This study is currently recruiting participants. Please contact us if you’re interested in participating!
San Antonio Energy and Time Use Survey
In collaboration with Dr. Wenbo Wu (UTSA Statistics) and Dr. Ying Huang (UTSA Demography), the IHDR is conducting a survey regarding household demographics, chronic health conditions, mobility, and energy use. Our goal is to determine how demographics, mobility, and chronic health differ between two San Antonio zip codes and how these factors affect household energy use. Results from this project – funded by a seed grant from UTSA – can be used to improve predictive energy use modeling at the neighborhood level, thereby contributing to “smart city” goals in San Antonio and beyond.
UTSA Student Wellness and COVID Survey
Launched in late Fall 2020, this survey is being distributed to all currently enrolled UTSA students. Questions focus on changes in student behavior and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic, use of UTSA resources during the pandemic, social support available to students, and student health literacy. Results of this survey will be shared with the campus community, including the UTSA Wellness Initiative, to better understand student needs during the pandemic
Crime, Health, and Politics Survey (CHAPS)
This survey, led by Dr. Terrence Hill (UTSA Sociology) and set to be launched nationwide in Spring 2021, is a comprehensive survey of numerous factors, such as neighborhood safety, political affiliation, COVID-19 pandemic health behaviors, religiosity, and demographics. The CHAPS project involves diverse faculty from across UTSA, including from IHDR, Demography, Public Health, Criminology, and Social Work.