Fiscal Year: 2014
2084 The University of Texas at San Antonio (23644)
Principal Investigator: Sunil, Thankam
Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 900,000
Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes
Start and End Dates: 9/30/13 <> 9/29/16
Restricted Research: YES
Academic Discipline: SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Department, Center, School, or Institute: Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR)
Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Oh Snap!
Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
CFDA Link: HHS
CFDA Linked: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services_Projects of Regional and National Significance
Summary: Oh Snap! is a collaborative effort between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio- Division of Community Pediatrics (CP), and minority serving Community-Based Organizations- Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS Coalition Trust (BEAT AIDS) and San Antonio Fighting Back , Inc. (SAFB) to prevent and reduce substance abuse and transmission of HIV/AIDS among minority young adults. The project will provide an integrated substance abuse and HIV intervention by utilizing a comprehensive array of evidence-based substance abuse and HIV prevention strategies, including implementing culturally competent education curricula, HIV testing services, and environmental prevention strategies developed under a Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). Problem: Alcohol abuse and illicit drug use among young adults on college and university campuses continues to be an ongoing issue. Substance abuse is often accompanied by a range of harmful academic, health and social consequences, which negatively affect both students and individuals in the surrounding community. In addition, substance abuse has been linked to increased risky sexual behaviors, resulting in increased likelihood of HIV infection transmission (Zablotska et al., 2006). UTSA students are considered to be at risk due to a) an increase in reported HIV /STD infections on campus and in the surrounding area and b) UTSA reports reflecting high rates of underage drinking, increased drug use, and an elevated number of driving under the influence incidents at a rate that is twice the national average. Population to be served: Oh Snap! will provide culturally competent services to African American, Hispanic/Latino and other minority young adults, ages 18-24 who are enrolled at UTSA. The project will provide integrated substance abuse and HIV evidence-based intervention curriculum to students recruited from a variety of sources, including freshman orientation, freshman level courses, established organizations, and Student Judicial Affairs. Oh Snap! will also educate the entire UTSA student population by using environmental prevention strategies that will be implemented on the UTSA campus and in the surrounding community. Objectives: This project aims to prevent and reduce the onset of substance use and to prevent the transmission of HIV. The three main objectives of this project are to 1) provide culturally, gender, age-appropriate, and integrated evidenced based substance abuse and HIV prevention education to minority young adults at UTSA; 2) provide Rapid HIV testing and counseling to UTSA students and participants; 3) Provide environmental substance use and HIV prevention strategies (e.g. social marketing campaign) to the UTSA community. Assessment Strategies: The evidence-based prevention curriculum, which will be tailored to the needs of the UTSA population, will be assessed using the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Adult National Outcome Measures administered upon entry into the curriculum at baseline, exit, and follow-up. The environmental prevention strategies will be assessed using the Community Level National Outcome Measures instrument (CLI). Benefits: This project will explicitly address the pertinent issues regarding the increased HIV/STD and substance abuse rates on the UTSA campus by providing prevention education to UTSA students, which will increase their ability to make informed decisions about substance use and high-risk sexual behaviors. The project will facilitate lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of substance abuse and HIV infection and begin to change community norms within the UTSA student population.
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