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Florida International University Team to Study Alcohol Use Trajectories for Latino Immigrants

Dr. Mario De La Rosa, Professor in the School of School Work at the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and director of the Center for Research of U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), and Dr. Mariana Sanchez, postdoctoral associate at CRUSADA, were awarded a five-year $1,630,000 grant to study the alcohol use trajectories of Latino immigrants during their first decade in the U.S.

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[Photo: Dr. Mario De La Rosa]

Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, the  study will expand on a previous investigation to examine how changes in social determinants interact with cultural factors to impact pre- to post-immigration alcohol use trajectories of early adult recent Latino immigrants during their first decade in the U.S. The original Recent Latino Immigrant Study was the first prospective community-based cohort study to examine the pre- to post-immigration alcohol use trajectories of young adult recent Latino immigrants during their first three years in the United States. The newly funded study will continue to follow this cohort of Latino immigrants through their 10 years in the U.S. The specific aims of this study are:

According to De La Rosa, this work is essential as it will be the first of its kind to document alcohol use trajectories among Latino immigrants from pre-immigration through their first decade in the U.S. The study is positioned to fundamentally advance knowledge regarding sociocultural determinants that are antecedent to and perpetuate distinct alcohol use trajectories among recent Latino immigrants as they acculturate to the United States.

CRUSADA was established in 2003 to address the escalating twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS affecting Latino communities throughout South Florida. This pioneering, nationally and internationally recognized Center has received grant awards from several of the prestigious institutes within the NIH, including: