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UIC Intergrated PASEO

UIC Integrated PASEO

In 2016, The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences in collaboration with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) -Vida/SIDA (Vida/SIDA), established the UIC Integrated PASEO (Promoting Affirming Services, comprehensive Education and community Outreach to the young adults we serve, including LGBTQIA+). This program expands and enhances co-located substance abuse, mental health, viral hepatitis, and HIV prevention and care services for Latino/Hispanic and African American young adults between 18 and 24 years of age who attend the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a Minority Serving Institution, and/or live in catchment areas where non-UIC members of this population live. Our sub-populations of focus include: LGBTQ students. We have adapted evidence-based interventions--CLEAR and MPowerment, and augumented our program activities with Seeking Safety and Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) for non-clinical settings, to facilitate referrals and linking clients to HIV/HCV/Substance Use and Mental Health services through a Case management approach. Our community-based organization partner, Vida/SIDA has experience in providing a variety of culturally competent health and social services to African American and Latino/Hispanic populations as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals (LGBTQ), young adults, injection drug users, individuals with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders who are living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

UIC Integrated PASEO believes that participants' knowledge, attitudes amd behavior around sexual/substance use risks will significantly improve over time as a result of their engagement in our program services. Futhermore, our activities are consistent with the work of both UIC’s School of Public Health, Division of Community Health and Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Vida/SIDA.

Our program is guided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The SPF is based on a five-step planning process to guide the selection, implementation, and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities. Long term benefits of the SPF process include promoting youth development, reducing risk-taking behaviors, building assets and resilience and preventing problem behaviors across the life span of the program.

UIC Integrated PASEO is funded by US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP): (1H79SP021385-01)

Step One: Assessment

Step Two: Planning

Step Three: Capacity

Step Four: Implementation

Step Five:Evaluation

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