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Two Evidence-Based Prevention Approaches for the Hispanic and Latino Communities: Meet the Developers!
Hispanic and Latinos are expected to reach one quarter of the U.S population by the year 2050, and are at a disproportionate risk for negative behavioral health outcomes such as substance use and alcoholism (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2007), sexually transmitted illnesses such as HIV (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007), and mental health concerns (Prado et al., 2006). With this knowledge, researchers have developed Evidence Based Practices that focuses on culturally based risk factors within the Latino community.

Familia Adelante: Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino/Hispanic Youth and Families (FA) addresses the impact of acculturative stress on Latino communities and equips Latino-serving organizations with a psycho-educational curriculum that helps Latino families manage negative behavioral outcomes associated with stress exposure, and their families in family and peer communication, substance abuse prevention, HIV knowledge and perceptions of harm about high-risk behavior, and positive school bonding and behavior.

Familias Unidas: is a family-centered, evidence-based substance use and sexual risk behavior prevention intervention for Hispanic youth and their families. Familias Unidas is a multi-level intervention that targets risk (e.g., poor adolescent communication) and protective factors (e.g., parental involvement) at the family, peer, and school level.

Nov 18, 2019 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Richard C. Cervantes, Ph.D.
Research Director @Behavioral Assessment, Inc.
Dr. Cervantes is Research Director of Behavioral Assessment, Inc. He served as Research Psychologist at the UCLA Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center and held a full-time faculty appointment in the USC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cervantes was the Principal Investigator for the NIH funded study, “Development of the Hispanic Stress Inventory-2” and PI on the recently completed the NIH study “Familia Adelante: A multi risk Prevention Program for Hispanic Youth”. He was also PI on the recently completed, NIH supported “Hispanic Family Assessment Inventory Study”. Dr. Cervantes is also a leader in evaluation science with special expertise in cultural competency and cross-cultural instrument development. He serves as the lead evaluator for SAMHSA’s National Hispanic/Latino Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers and was the lead evaluator for the New Mexico State Incentive Grant program.
Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., M.S
Dean/Director @Graduate School, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, UM
Dr. Guillermo (Willy) Prado is Dean of the Graduate School, Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the University of Miami. He has a doctoral in epidemiology and a master’s in statistics. His research broadly focuses on the development and evaluation of parenting interventions for Hispanic youth and their families. Dr. Prado’s research has appeared in over 130 peer reviewed articles and has been funded by over $100 million dollars of continuous NIH funding as PI, Co-I, or Mentor since the first year of his doctoral program. As Dean of the University of Miami’s Graduate School, Dr. Prado has developed programming around responsible conduct for research, professional development, and grantsmanship for all graduate students at the University of Miami. Dr. Prado has also had key roles in training components on NIH funded centers of excellence.
Maria I. Tapia, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Mrs. Tapia is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience as a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She has dedicated her career to the prevention and treatment of adolescent substance use, behavioral problems and HIV prevention. In her role as a senior clinical trainer and supervisor of evidence-based practices, she has trained and supervised agencies and therapists in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. She has participated in groundbreaking, NIH-funded behavioral health clinical trials, and has authored several articles and book chapters in the area of minority HIV and drug abuse prevention related to the cultural context and functioning of the family. Currently, she is Doctoral student of Social Work at Barry University School of Social Work and is the recipient of a Fellowship from The Center of Human Rights & Social Justice (DHRSJ).