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Volume 3, Issue 3December 2010

El Faro Staff

Felisa Gonzalez, Ph.D., Co-Editor
Meghan (Garvey) Lally, M.A., Co-Editor
Nicole (Nicky) M. Cano, MPH, Newsletter Coordinator

This Month's Contributors

Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D.

Frank Bandiera, M.P.H.

Anayansi Lombardero

Ian Mendez, Ph.D.

Kristine Molina, M.S.

Thomas Patterson, Ph.D.

Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D.

Jorge Villatoro Velazquez, Ph.D.

National Steering Committee

Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D., NHSN Chair

Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., NHSN Executive Director

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.

Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.

James Anthony, Ph.D.

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

Richard De La Garza, II, Ph.D.

Diana Martínez, M.D.

Maria Elena Medina-Mora, Ph.D.

Guillermo Prado, Ph.D.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Yonette Thomas, Ph.D.

Avelardo Valdez, Ph.D.

Member Announcements

Dr. David Acevedo-Polakovich, Director of the Center for Community-Academic Initiatives for Development and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology at Central Michigan University, has received a three-year Early Career Investigator award from Central Michigan University

This award will will provide him with increased time and resources to study the influence of peer networks on adolescents' attitudes and behavior.

Dr. Acevedo-Polakovich was also selected by graduating students at Central Michigan University to receive the Multicultural Student Appreciation Award.

Dr. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia is now serving as the founding Chair of a new study section titled Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP).

Dr. Ahluwalia is the Executive Director of the NIH funded University of Minnesota Center for Health Equity

Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz, Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, was inducted into the Stanford University Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame by El Centro Chicano

Dr. Muñoz has over 100 publications, including six books. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.  He has served on review groups for the National Institute of Mental Health and two Institute of Medicine committees which published reports on the prevention of mental disorders. His current work focuses on using evidence-based Internet interventions to reduce health disparities worldwide.  He has conducted randomized controlled trials testing Spanish- and English language Internet interventions to stop smoking and to prevent or manage depression.  Well over 800,000 visitors from over 200 countries have come to his sites, and over 60,000 of them have signed informed consent and become official participants in his studies.  He plans to continue developing such interventions for many health problems and in several of the most commonly used languages worldwide.

Dr. Merrill Singer, Professor of Anthropology and Public Health at the University of Connecticut, has received the 2010 Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology.

This award was initiated by the American Anthropological Association to honor exemplary anthropologists for outstanding recent achievements that have contributed to the development of anthropology as an applied science and have had important impacts on public policy. The award comes with a $1000 prize.

A new $1.3 million research education institute has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to address the documented shortage of newly funded HIV/AIDS researchers from underrepresented groups.

Developed by Drs. Barbara Guthrie, Jean Schensul and Merrill Singer, the new Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) is a partnership between Yale School of Nursing, the University of Connecticut's Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention and the Institute for Community Research. The REIDS program aims to equip scholars from underrepresented racial, ethnic, disabled and other disadvantaged groups with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to become successful HIV researchers. The Institute will be housed at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale, the only NIMH-funded AIDS research center in New England.

The Institute’s goal is to create a pipeline of scientists with an interest in community-based research and an emphasis on addressing HIV inequities in communities of color. Scholars will benefit from a combination of sustained mentorship, a summer institute - involving a classroom-based curriculum - applied learning in community settings, and an opportunity to design and conduct pilot projects. Four new scholars will be recruited each year, selected for their interest in community-based research and HIV disparities.

Dr. Nelson Tiburcio, Research Scientist at the National Drug Research Institute, was recently interviewed by the online magazine 'Aula de Alcoholismo y Policonsumo'

The interview can be accessed HERE

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