The principal objective of this proposed study is to continue efforts to develop the most effective combination of behavioral interventions to optimize the health status of one of the most neglected and understudied populations affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this country: Latina migrant workers. Findings from the current study with this population affirm the utility of cognitive-behavioral interventions in the short-term reduction of HIV-related risk behaviors, while improving awareness, self-efficacy, and coping skills. The proposed study will extend these findings in seeking to determine whether exposure to a Cognitive Behavioral HIV Prevention Intervention (A-SEMI II) can significantly produce long-term improvements in the ability of Latina migrant workers to take advantage of a health behavior change program encouraging the adoption and maintenance of healthier lifestyle behaviors (i.e., safer sexual practices and reduced alcohol use/abuse) essential for optimal health and in the context of preventing HIV infection. To accomplish these objectives, 250 Latina migrant workers from the Homestead and Florida City (South Florida) communities will be enrolled and randomized to one experimental intervention (A-SEMI II) and one comparison group (HPC) and followed at 6, 12, and 24 months to evaluate the long term effectiveness of the A-SEMI II intervention to improve health status and reduce HIV related high risk behavior. The proposed study follows a community based participatory research (CBPR) approach. This CBPR approach responds to the NIH priority on establishing equitable partnerships between community members and researchers with the final goal of increasing community participation in the research process, improving community health, and reducing HIV related health disparities.

Public Health Relevance

This research project will delineate important HIV intervention strategies that can be practically implemented to improve adoption and maintenance of HIV risk reduction behaviors among high risk Latina migrant workers. This will eventually lead to a reduction and elimination of HIV health disparities in Latino populations.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZMD1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Florida International University
United States
Zip Code
Concha, Maritza; Sanchez, Mariana; Rojas, Patria et al. (2016) Differences in Acculturation and Trajectories of Anxiety and Alcohol Consumption Among Latina Mothers and Daughters in South Florida. J Immigr Minor Health 18:886-95
Lopez-Quintero, Catalina; Rojas, Patria; Dillon, Frank R et al. (2016) HIV testing practices among Latina women at risk of getting infected: a five-year follow-up of a community sample in South Florida. AIDS Care 28:137-46
Cano, Miguel Ángel; Castro, Yessenia; de Dios, Marcel A et al. (2016) Associations of ethnic discrimination with symptoms of anxiety and depression among Hispanic emerging adults: a moderated mediation model. Anxiety Stress Coping 29:699-707
Rojas, Patria; Huang, Hui; Li, Tan et al. (2016) Sociocultural Determinants of Risky Sexual Behaviors among Adult Latinas: A Longitudinal Study of a Community-Based Sample. Int J Environ Res Public Health 13:
Cano, Miguel Ángel (2016) Intracultural Accusations of Assimilation and Alcohol Use Severity Among Hispanic Emerging Adults: Moderating Effects of Acculturation, Enculturation, and Gender. Psychol Addict Behav :
Berger Cardoso, Jodi; Ren, Yi; Swank, Paul et al. (2016) Pre- to post-immigration sexual risk behaviour and alcohol use among recent Latino immigrants in Miami. Cult Health Sex 18:1107-21
Kanamori, Mariano; Weissman, Jessica; De La Rosa, Mario et al. (2016) Latino Mother/Daughter Dyadic Attachment as a Mediator for Substance Use Disorder and Emotional Abuse. J Immigr Minor Health 18:896-903
Cano, Miguel Ángel; Sánchez, Mariana; Trepka, Mary Jo et al. (2016) Immigration Stress and Alcohol Use Severity Among Recently Immigrated Hispanic Adults: Examining Moderating Effects of Gender, Immigration Status, and Social Support. J Clin Psychol :
Messiah, Antoine; Lacoste, Jérôme; Gokalsing, Erick et al. (2016) Mental Health Impact of Hosting Disaster Refugees: Analyses from a Random Sample Survey Among Haitians Living in Miami. South Med J 109:458-64
Zevallos, Juan C; Wilcox, Meredith L; Jean, Naomie et al. (2016) Profile of the Older Population Living in Miami-Dade County, Florida: An Observational Study. Medicine (Baltimore) 95:e3630

Showing the most recent 10 out of 59 publications