The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

September 13, 2011

CAG Member Spotlight

Maribel Cruz, UTPRCMaribel Cruz

Maribel Cruz has recently been hired as a Research Assistant at the University of Texas Prevention Research Center where she works primarily in the area of community engagement. Maribel joined the CAG in December 2009 and currently serves as one of our National Community Committee (NCC) representatives. Maribel’s favorite thing about her job is working with young leaders and knowing that she is making a difference in their lives. Maribel’s favorite lunch spot is Olive Garden and her favorite magazines are Parents, Woman’s Day, and Women’s Health. Maribel’s favorite music artists these days are Aventura, Pitbull, and Wisin y Yandel.

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Special Event

Community-Campus Partnerships for HealthCall for Applications for the National Community Partner Forum: Realizing the Promise of Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS) are sponsoring a national forum designed “by and for” community partners involved in health disparities research. The forum will examine and address the challenges and issues they face, enhance their knowledge and skills, and build a network for ongoing shared learning, mentoring and professional development. Application to participate in the forum are now being accepted and are due October 3rd. Click on the above link to read more.

In the News

In the NewsAustin-Area Clinics Scramble to Fill Gap from Legislature’s Family Planning Cuts; September 1, 2011

MiAustin health care providers reeling from sharp reductions in money for family planning services, including birth control and cancer screening scramble to continue at least some of those services to their neediest patients, officials said. Click on the above link to read more.

Latest Research

Stay TeenUnder Pressure: What African-American Teens Aren’t Telling You About Sex, Love, and Relationships

The National Campaign and ESSENCE Magazine have teamed up to conduct a nationally-representative survey of 1,500 African-American youth ages 13-21 to better understand their attitudes about relationships, sex, dating, parents, the media, and the overall context in which they make decisions about the issues. Click on the above link to read more.

Funding Opportunities

Funding OpportunitiesDrug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research (RO3)

Deadline: February 16.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released a funding opportunity announcement. The purpose of this announcement is to encourage exploratory/developmental applications from institutions/organizations that propose to advance the science of drug abuse and drug-related HIV prevention through 1) the development of novel prevention approaches, 2) the testing of novel and adapted prevention intervention approaches, 3) the elucidation of processes associated with the selection, adoption, and adaptation, implementation, sustainability, and financing of empirically validated interventions, and 4) the development of new methodologies suitable for the design and analysis of prevention research studies. Click on the above link for more information.

Tools You Can Use

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationA New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is part of the RWJF Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. The purpose of the portfolio is to provide guidance on messaging about the social determinants of health and health disparities. Click on the above link to read more.

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