La Voz: HIV Prevention & Substance Abuse Treatment For Latino Injection Drug Users

SSW Investigator(s):

Lena Lundgren, PhD (PI), Maryann Amodeo, PhD (Co-PI)

Major Outside Collaborators:

Tapestry Health

Funding Source:

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for years 2006-2011

Project Description:

This five-year longitudinal research effort examines the impact of adding intensive prevention case management (PCM) to standard outreach activities among a population of Latino injection drug users (IDUs) residing in Springfield, Massachusetts. Tapestry Health’s bicultural and bilingual outreach workers and prevention case managers provide risk avoidance education and supplies, as well as referrals to substance abuse treatment, medical care and mental health counseling. A quasi-experimental research design will be used to investigate whether La Voz participants evidence: (1) increased rates of HIV testing, Hepatitis C testing, STI testing; (2) reduced needle sharing; (3) increased condom use; and (4) reduced substance use and/or enter substance abuse treatment. Data will also be collected on participants’ place of origin in order to examine possible differences between island-born and mainland-born Latinos in Springfield.