CRUSADA News

Brown Bag Lecture:
Effects of lead exposure on blood pressure
Monica Bastos Paoliello, PhD
State University of Londrina
Parana, Brazilo


Brown Bag Lecture:
Inequalities in Health Service Use among Former Inmates: Implications for Race/ Ethnic Health Disparities
Kathryn M. Nowotny, PhD
University of Miami


NIMHD Awards Endowment to FIU (PIs: Gil, De La Rosa)
Endowment makes FIU regional hub for the study of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, obesity, and diabetes


NIAAA Awards R01 Grant to Dr. De La Rosa
Study will Examine Alcohol Use among Recent Latino Immigrants


Dr. Kanamori, CRUSADA Postdoctoral Fellow, Awarded NIH K99/R00 Grant
First investigator from College of Public Health & Social Work to receive an NIH Pathway to Independence Award


CRUSADA/C-SALUD PhD Fellow wins at 2016 Florida Research Symposium
Stephanie Diez won 1st Place in Social Sciences Category for presentation on problem videogame play in children & youth


NIH Awards $12.7 Million to FIU
Three CRUSADA Researchers are Members of Interdisciplinary Team


Frank Dillon Awarded R15 grant from NIMHD
Affiliated faculty member Frank Dillion was awarded a R15 to conduct a study of HIV testing among at risk Latino men


USAID Report
C-SALUD Postdoctoral Scholar authors report titled "Indicators of Child Deprivation in Sub-Saharan Africa"


CRUSADA Faculty Featured on NIH Website
Preventing HIV/AIDS in Recent Latino Immigrants


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Message from Dr. Mario De La Rosa, Director


I established the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) at Florida International University in 2003 in order to address the escalating twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS affecting Latino communities throughout South Florida. Since the Center's inception, I have led our trainees, faculty, and staff in applying multidisciplinary and community based research and training approaches to advance our understanding of the underlying individual, family, and community factors that influence the spread of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse among Latinos.

CRUSADA is uniquely positioned to advance our understanding of these growing problems because of its geographical location and its association with Florida International University (FIU), one of the twenty-five largest universities in the country and the largest Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in the mainland United States. CRUSADA positions FIU at the forefront of research on health disparities in Latino populations because of its collaborative efforts across the University and the community. The Center provides a significant opportunity to translate research into best-practice models that could be utilized by community-based agencies to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

This pioneering, nationally and internationally recognized Center currently houses several grants awarded by institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The NIAAA grant is collaboratively administered and investigated with Dr. Eduardo Romano, Pacific Institute For Research and Evaluation (PIRE).

[Read more about CRUSADA in the About Section]

CRUSADA's considerable experience in the areas of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS is the foundation by which we develop research focusing on health disparities and issues (e.g., access to health care) confronted by Latinos, as well as other emerging immigrant populations. The multidisciplinary and community based research and training approaches established by CRUSADA shed light on the underlying individual, family, and community factors that influence the spread of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse among Latinos. In this regard, the staff, faculty, and students affiliated with the Center will continue to work diligently to develop more effective interventions so that the prevalence of these twin epidemics can be reduced, making significant contributions toward improving the health status of immigrant populations; the primary aim of CRUSADA is to help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse in Latino communities. I invite you to learn more about our Center through this website.

Mario De La Rosa, PhD
Director, Center for Research on U.S. Latino
HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA)