Projects

Proyecto HEROES (NICHD-funded): The HEROES project provides prevention programming to Latino/a families focused on mindfulness, restorative communication, and strengthening family relationships. The HEROES project uses a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach in collaboration with partner agencies. The HEROES project included a photovoice program to engage Latino/a youth in identifying their own community assets and concerns. The goal of Proyecto HEROES is to address health disparities related to violence exposure among Latino/a youth.  In partnership with CALM.  Collaborators include: Community Action Commission, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Domestic Violence Solutions, Isla Vista Youth Projects, Just Communities, La Casa De La Raza, Las Abuelitas of Santa Barbara, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Promotores de SaludSanta Barbara City Council, Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Barbara Response Network, Santa Barbara Unified School District, South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety, UCSB, and the Youth and Family Services YMCAHEROES newsletters provide a glimpse into some of the project activities.  Past Newsletters: February 2016; April 2016; June 2016; October 2016; March 2017; September 2017 We are currently RECRUITING for prevention and survey participants.

Santa Barbara Resiliency Project: Screening and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) in a pediatric setting.  Implementation and effectiveness study of the HEROES prevention program offered to parents of infants, at the time of their well-child visits to their pediatricians. The study uses a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of three programs: a Wellness Navigator, in-clinic program, and in-home program. In partnership with Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, CALM, Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services. Supported by the J. S. Bower Foundation and Cottage Health.

College Risk and Resilience Study: A project examining the long-term impact of a universal prevention program, Gaucho FYI, for entering undergraduates targeting high risk substance use, mental health, sexual assault prevention, community safety, and personal well-being.  In partnership with the UCSB Division of Student Affairs, including the Alcohol and Drug ProgramHealth & Wellness Program, the Office of Student Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Women, Gender and Sexual Equity Program, the Office of International Students and Scholars, as well as the UCSB Police Department, and Housing and Residential Services.

Families Dealing with Disasters (NICHD-funded): A study of families exposed to wildfire, seeking to (1) understand the relations between the post- disaster social cognitive and coping processes of parents and youth over time and how this influences youth psychosocial adjustment; and (2) examine what parent-child communicative processes positively and negatively affect youth psychosocial adjustment following a disaster.  In partnership with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Trauma, Health & Hazards Center, and the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.  

Youth Empowering Health Solutions (YEHS): The development and testing of a community health intervention to empower Latino/a youth to engage in hands on education, dialogue, and youth-generated community action to address social inequities and health disparities.  A multidisciplinary partnership with faculty from the UCSB Department of Communication, Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research, and the UC Global Health Institute, in addition to Hesperian Health Guides, the Santa Barbara Department of Public Health, and Just Communities.

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