Miami-Dade Partnership for Preventing Health Risks among Young Adults

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded FIU-BRIDGE $900,000 for a 3-year project to reduce substance abuse (SA), HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C (HCV) among Hispanic young adults (ages 18-24) in Miami-Dade through comprehensive, integrated SA, HIV and HCV prevention. This partnership brings together Florida International University (FIU), a large minority serving institution (MSI) with Union Positiva, Inc., and Spectrum Programs, Inc., two separate community-based organizations based in Miami-Dade County, FL. FIU, Union Positiva, and Spectrum are committed to the implementation of prevention and testing strategies that are evidence-based, and culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate for Hispanic young adults. Advertising and media campaign consultation for this project will be led by J. Carlos Maya, President of MIXTO MUSIC and the MIXTO FOUNDATION. With involvement and input from FIU students, the partnership will implement prevention strategies, conduct HIV/HCV testing at FIU and across Miami-Dade, and create a media advocacy/awareness campaign. Project Coordinator: Sofia Fernandez sofernan@fiu.edu

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