In response to a need identified by the DSHS, GCATTC developed a Behavioral Health Training Module for “Promotoras”.  Promotoras are rural health outreach workers in the border area of south Texas. The health outreach workers provide general health advice and assistance in accessing limited health care services. The module provides training in screening and referring Hispanic patients who may need substance abuse and/or mental health services.  The training package (available in Hispanic and English versions) also provides exposure and training in the principles of brief intervention, and deals with issues of stigma, legal status, and other barriers to seeking and accessing needed services.  The ATTC developed and tested the culturally sensitive curriculum, and has made it available for ongoing training of the Promotora workforce.

Other ARI studies about substance abuse on the border:

Border Drug Problems and Treatment Utilization

Alcohol and drug use, abuse and dependence in urban areas and colonias of the Texas-Mexico border

Substance Use Patterns Among Mexican-Americans by Generation in the US

Substance Use and Treatment Seeking in Rural and Urban Areas of the Texas-Mexico Border

Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Comorbidity on the Texas-Mexico Border

Substance Use and Misuse in Texas Colonias

Methamphetamine and Other Drug Use on the Texas-Mexico Border and in Colonias

Drug Use Patterns and Problems on the Texas-Mexico Border.

The US Border in Context: How Does Drug Use Compare?

Drug use and risk of HIV/AIDS on the Mexico-U.S. Border

Patterns of Drug Use on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Drug Attitudes and Behaviors in Trailer Parks on the US/Mexico Border

2005 Border Epidemiology Work Group

2004 Border Epidemiology Work Group

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