SHAPE: Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education

Investigators: Thankan Sunil, Ph.D., Xiaohe, Xu, Ph.D. 

Project SHAPE is a collaboration between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), a minority serving institution (MSI) and tobacco – free campus, and the community based organization (CBO) Health Analytics to prevent and reduce substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis (VH) among at-risk minority young adults, aged 18-24, in the 78249 zip code of Bexar County. Project SHAPE provides culturally competent services to African American, Hispanic/Latino, and other minority young adults within the 78249 zip code of Bexar County as well as UTSA minority students. The project aims to prevent and reduce the onset of substance abuse, HIV infection, and VH infection. The objectives of project SHAPE are to provide 1) culturally, gender, age-appropriate, and integrated evidenced based substance abuse, HIV and VH prevention education; 2) rapid HIV and VH testing and counseling, and VH vaccination; 3) environmental prevention strategies for substance use, HIV and VH (e.g. social marketing campaign).

AHHA!: Alcohol, HIV, Hepatitis Awareness

Investigators: Thankan Sunil, Ph.D., Xiaohe, Xu, Ph.D. 

Project AHHA! is a collaboration  between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), a minority serving institution and tobacco – free campus, and community based organization (CBO) Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) to prevent and reduce substance abuse (SA), HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis -C (HCV) among minority young adults, age 18-24. Project AHHA! provides an integrated intervention by utilizing a comprehensive array of evidence based SA, HIV and HCV prevention strategies developed under a Strategic Prevention Framework. AHHA! will have provided education to 300 unduplicated minority young adults at the conclusion of its 3 year span – currently serving its last year.  In addition, a total of 1500 will have received HIV testing and a total of 51 will have received  HCV testing. The project aims to prevent and reduce the onset of substance use, HIV infection and HCV infection through three main objectives. AHHA! provides 1) culturally, gender, age-appropriate, and integrated evidenced based substance abuse, HIV and HCV prevention education; 2) rapid HIV and HCV testing and counseling; and 3) environmental prevention strategies for substance use, HIV and HCV (e.g. social marketing campaign).

  1. Sunil, T.S., Xiaohe Xu, Michelle Mutchler, Frederick Casanova (2017). Does combined intervention program matter for college-attending Hispanic and Other minority young adults? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 28:100-112.

 

Siempre Manana: A Collaborative Approach to Reduce Suicide on Campus

Investigators: Thankam Sunil, Ph.D., Melissa Hernandez, DSW. LCSW.

The university of Texas at San Antonio Counseling Services, in partnership with the IHDR, has developed a comprehensive and far reaching program that addresses suicide prevention at a micro and macro level by providing suicide awareness and referral training to non-mental health faculty and staff, peer educators, other student activity program leaders, and parents. In addition the program has strengthened our ability to connect with emergency referrals, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the UTSA Crisis Helpline and the Veterans Crisis Line, local hospitals and treatment centers. The goals of Siempre Manana are to: 1) develop training for administrators, faculty, staff, and peer educators with a focus on substance abuse and suicide awareness and prevention; 2) develop culturally sensitive outreach presentations to students on issues including depression, substance abuse, and suicide; and 3) promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Veterans Crisis Line, and the UTSA Crisis Helpline Program.

Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program: San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)

  1. Menegay, Julie L, Xiaohe Xu, T.S. Sunil, Jason F. Okulicz. (2017). Live versus attenuated influenza vaccine uptake and post-vaccination influenza-like illness outcomes in HIV-infected US Air Force members. Journal of Clinical Virology, 95:72-75.
  2. Asha De, Xiaohe Xu, James White, T.S. Sunil, Jason F Okulicz (2016). Physical fitness characteristics of active duty United States Air Force members with HIV infection. Medicine, 95:44-52.
  3. Cohen, Jared A., Amanda Sellers, T.S. Sunil., Peter E. Matthews, and Jason Okulicz (2016). Herpes simplex virus seroprevalence and seroconversion among active duty US Air Force members with HIV infection. Journal of Clinical Virology, 74:4-7.
  4. Patterson, Shane, Daniel Rivera, T.S. Sunil., and Jason Okulicz (2014). Evaluation of extragenital screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia in HIV-infected active duty Air Force members. Medical Surveillance Monthly Reports (MSMR), 21(11):7-9.

 

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