CHPPR Research Projects
Current research projects are listed below. Click a project title to go its detail page.
BARS:Building Agent-based Models for a Racialized Justice System (HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM) | NIH/NIDA 1R01DA039934
This project takes a systems science approach to estimate the effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions for criminal justice (i.e., jail and community supervision) involved younger Black men who have sex with men in HIV prevention services. This study is conducted in three sites (Houston, Los Angeles, and Chicago).
Brief Interventions to Create Smoke-Free Home Policies in Low-Income Households
To increase protection of healthy children and non-smoking adults from secondhand smoke, exposure, we developed the Smoke-Free Homes Program: Some Things are Better Outside (SFHs). This is a minimally intensive program with three mailings and a single counseling telephone call, implemented in partnership with 2-1-1 social services information and referral (I&R) systems.
Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, Community Engagement Component
This project focuses on the Community Engagement component of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS)
Evaluation of DSHS Re-Entry Project
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of Certified Peer Support (CPS) specialists to decrease recidivism, promote community tenure and encourage recovery of people in jail across each of the three project sites (Tarrant county, Harris County, and the Rio Grande Valley).
This project connect residents in predominantly low income Hispanic communities to health resources.
Houston Truck Stop Study
Health needs assessment of long-haul truckers and sex workers found at truck stops in the Houston area
Needs assessment of men having sex with men in the State of Maharahstra, India.
Increasing Breast, Cervical, and Colon Cancer Screening and Increasing HPV Vaccination Among the Underserved: A Collaboration with the United Way's 2-1-1 Program
UTHealth collaborated with three 2-1-1 call centers in the Houston area, the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the El Paso area to provide referrals, navigation, and, in some cases, financial assistance to 2-1-1 callers needing breast cancer screening, Pap tests, colorectal cancer screening, HPV vaccination, or smoking cessation. A randomized controlled trial showed that navigation was effective in increasing completion of these behaviors compared to referrals only.
Me and You: Building Healthy Relationships
Some middle school programs have been shown to elicit positive behavioral change related to teen dating violence; however, most school-based middle school programs have been developed for and/or evaluated for older, predominantly white adolescents. Me & You is among one of the first programs to have been developed and shown to be effective in reducing dating violence perpetration for ethnic minority middle school youth and to include components from multiple levels of the socio-ecological model.
Network Dynamics of Syphilis Coinfection within Biomedical Prevention | NIH/NIAID 1R21AI13948
This project takes biological, behavioral, and epidemiological perspectives to investigate complex syphilis-HIV transmission dynamic processes, coevolved with sex behavioral dynamic, and sexual network dynamic, and risk reduction behavioral dynamic among young Black men who have sex with men at the aim of creating effective syphilis eliminations interventions for most-at-risk population in the United States.
Proyecto Vales+Tú: A Program to Prevent Injury Disparities Among Latino Day Laborers
Latino day laborers (LDL) experience a disproportionately high rate of on-the-job injuries and fatalities compared with other workers in the US. The aims of this study were to identify intervention priorities then to design and pilot a culturally responsive safety intervention program.
Red de Coaliciones Comunitarias de Mexico
Red de Coaliciones Comunitarias de Mexico is a network of over 20 youth substance use prevention coalitions across Mexico. The neighborhood based coalitions bring together several sectors of the community including health providers, social service agencies, religious organizations, law enforcement, government agencies, schools, and parents and youth. These diverse sectors work together to bring about environmental and policy changes that prevent youth substance use.
Spanish MINDSET: Expanding and Validating a Self-Management Tool for the Hispanic Community
The goal of this project is to develop a Spanish version of an epilepsy self-management decision-support system and test the efficacy of both the Spanish and English versions on epilepsy self-management in Hispanic patients attending four clinic sites near the Mexico border in Arizona and Texas.
Tell Us, Texas
SGM health needs assessment
Unidas por Vida y Salud: Increasing Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in El Paso
The proposed prevention program Unidas por Vida y Salud (United for Life and Health) uses evidence-based strategies, including promotora-delivered educational sessions and client reminders, to increase both uptake of breast and cervical cancer screening and repeat screening among low income, uninsured or under-insured Hispanic women in El Paso.
YMAP: Young Men’s Affiliation Project of HIV Risk and Prevention Venue | NIH/NIMH 1R01MH100021
This project conducts a multisite longitudinal network study to investigate the HIV/STD risk and protective behaviors associated with social networks created by venue affiliations among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) ages 16-29 years.This study is conducted in two cities (Houston and Chicago).