Mission and Objectives


  • CRUSADA houses the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Exploratory Center of Excellence the Center for Substance Use and AIDS Research on Latinos (C-SALUD), whose combined primary goala are to contribute to the reduction, prevention, and eventual elimination of HIV and substance abuse health disparities affecting Latino minorities in the UNited States, and in particular among Latinos residing in Miami-Dade County, using applied clinical science, state-of-the-art methodologies, and public health research approaches CRUSADA is a multi-disciplinary research, education, and community outreach center dedicated to eliminating health disparities in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS that affect the Latino minorities in the U.S.

The Center has five objectives:

  • Objective 1. To conduct original multidisciplinary Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) exploring the role of social and cultural determinants contributing to or influencing Latino HIV and substance abuse health disparities.
  • Objective 2. To provide opportunities for meaningful involvement of the community in substance abuse and HIV health disparities research in Latino populations.
  • Objective 3. To conduct original research exploring the efficacy of a full range of health promotion and information dissemination approaches for improving the health status of Latinos and/or eliminating HIV and substance abuse health disparities confronted by this population.
  • Objective 4. To establish and strengthen innovative CBPR partnerships between academic institutions and community groups/organizations.
  • Objective 5. To increase the number of researchers and professionals from health disparity populations who are committed to eliminating HIV and substance abuse health disparities in Latino populations.

Crusada News

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