Funded Partners

Care 4 U Community Health Center

Care 4 U Community Health Center

Representative: Vanessa Mills, RN, BSN, MPH
FIU Collaborator: Dr. Jessy G. Dévieux

Predictors of successful implementation of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) for HIV prevention in a community health care setting
This project will conduct secondary data analysis to advance the understanding of the indicators associated with patients cycling into and out of PrEP use and the implications for clinical management.

Caridad Center

Caridad Center

Representative: Jezebel Maisonet
FIU Collaborator: Dr. Sabrina Sales-Martinez

Needs assessment to determine the social determinants of depression and anxiety in Hispanics/Latins at Caridad Center This project will conduct a needs assessment at Caridad Center, which will allow for compilation of data from this community clinic that serves the local population. This will present an accurate picture of the relationships between psychosocial factors such as depression and anxiety and social determinants of health such as housing, education, income, food security, employment, household, transportation, immigration status, and receipt of social services within the center.

Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade

Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade

Representative: Jeanette Torres, MS, MHC
FIU Collaborator: Dr. Melissa M. Howard

Feasibility of implementing an innovative tool to prevent poor pregnancy outcomes among Black mothers in Miami-Dade County
This project will use a mixed-methods approach including questionnaire surveys and in-depth-interviews to inform decisions of whether, and how, to introduce “Count the Kicks” (CTK), an app which makes it simple to track a baby’s movement pattern, in Miami-Dade.

Miami Macarthur Educational Center

Miami Macarthur Educational Center

Representative: Lissette Gil
FIU Collaborator: Dr. Matthew Sutherland & Dr. Elisa Trucco

MacCares Mental Health Initiatives and research project on the effects of drug use on the adolescent brain
This project aims to change the narrative of the Miami MacArthur Educational Center (MMEC) by creating a school culture and climate that fosters a proactive and holistic approach to alternative education. The study’s intent is for at-risk students to become empowered, make better decisions, and be equipped with a set of life and coping skills that replace previous maladaptive coping strategies and behaviors.

Miami Music Project

Miami Music Project

Representative: Anna Kimala
FIU Collaborator: Dr. Michelle Hospital

Expanding Miami Music Project’s capacity for evaluation and research partnerships
This project aims to establish a partnership with FIU that actively engages in reducing youth inequality and promoting the wellbeing of economically disadvantaged racial/ethnic minority youth in South Florida. This study will conduct a thorough review of current evaluation practices and develop a detailed and comprehensive research plan for Miami Music Project, Inc.

UHI Community Clinic

UHI Community Clinic

Representative: Dima Samra
FIU Collaborator: Dr. Sahar Ajabshir

Needs assessment for inclusion of nutrition education services at the UHI Community Care Clinic
This project will perform a systematic needs assessment for inclusion of nutrition education services at the UHI Community Clinic (UHI). This non-profit volunteer-based clinic provides free healthcare services to low-income, uninsured members of the community, many of whom have nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Due to the clinic’s limited resources, no nutritional services are currently available for patients.

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