Pathways to Prevention
The Institute for Health Disparities Research was partnering in 2021 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 was 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. The project was funded by SAMHSA.
Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education (SHAPE)
Project SHAPE was a collaboration between IHDR and the community-based organization (CBO) Health Analytics to prevent and reduce substance abuse and HIV/AIDS/viral hepatitis (VH) incidence among at-risk minority young adults in Bexar County (zip code 78249). The objectives of project SHAPE were to provide 1) culturally-, gender-, and age-appropriate substance abuse and HIV/VH prevention education; 2) rapid HIV/VH testing and counseling, as well as VH vaccination; 3) environmental campaigns to address substance use and HIV/VH prevention.
Alcohol, HIV, Hepatitis Awareness (AHHA!)
Project AHHA! was a collaboration between IHDR and community-based organization (CBO) Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) to prevent and reduce substance abuse and HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV) among minority young adults in Bexar County. The project worked to prevent and reduce the onset of substance use and HIV/HCV infection through three main objectives: 1) culturally-, gender-, and age-appropriate substance abuse and HIV/HCV prevention education; 2) rapid HIV/HCV testing and counseling; and 3) environmental campaigns to address substance use and HIV/HCV prevention.
Siempre Mañana: A Collaborative Approach to Reduce Suicide on Campus
UTSA Counseling Services partnered with IHDR to develop a comprehensive and far-reaching program addressing 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. Siempre Mañana has strengthened our ability to connect with emergency referrals, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the UTSA Crisis Helpline, the Veterans Crisis Line, and local hospitals and treatment centers.