NIH Grant Award (U54):

Brown Bag Lecture (10/25):
Sara M. St. George, PhD
Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Brown Bag Lecture (11/08):
Jose Felix Colon Burgos, MS DrPH
Investigador Evaluador de Sistemas de Salud, NIH Diversity Fellow, Proyecto Sindemias

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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CRUSADA and Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Update on Latest Collaboration:

CRUSADA has been working with FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU-COM) to advance the research infrastructure at FIU to conduct transdisciplinary behavioral and social research on the sociocultural determinants of health. With this aim, CRUSADA and FIU-COM have been developing a proposal to submit to the National Institutes of Health for funding to carry out the collaborative project.

The objective of the project is build a transdisciplinary research team linking (a) health sciences medical experts and (b) leading behavioral/social science researchers to conduct health disparities research. This team will conduct an exploratory pilot study on the influence of the risk environment on HIV risky behaviors among people living in Miami-Dade County, the area with the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the country. Dr. Mario De La Rosa, (Director of CRUSADA) and Dr. Kenneth Obiaja (Assistant Professor of Family Medicine from the College of Medicine) are taking the lead in this groundbreaking proposal to build FIU's capacity to research and better understand health disparities in South Florida and the United States. Dr. Leah Varga, from FIU's Division of Research, complements the team and will be coordinating the research activities of the project.

This collaboration between CRUSADA and FIU-COM is not without precedent. In 2010, FIU-COM received funding to conduct a community-wide benchmark and needs assessment survey with 2,200 households in the area of Little Haiti, Miami, FL. This was one of four research projects of the Haitian Disaster Relieve Initiative, CRUSADA's NIH funded Haitian Administrative Supplement Initiative. The aim of this project was to document conditions pre- and post- the 2010 Haiti earthquake, migration patterns, and the influence of social determinants on health status of individuals and families living in the Little Haiti community of Miami-Dade County. The transdisciplinary proposal is scheduled to be submitted to the National Institutes of Health Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) in February 2013.