Projects - Colombia

Project name:  Local Organizational Capacity for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Colombia
Institution:  Universidad de los Andes
Mentor: Diego Ivan Lucumi Cuesta

COLPRECARDIO Program: The student will be involved in the planning of public health intervention aimed at enhancing the local capacity for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in Colombia. This includes supporting the design of the evaluation and the implementation of the pilot program. The student will be based in Bogotá with occasional trips to the municipalities selected for the pilot in the department of Boyacá. In addition, the student will work on the design and implementation of a system for monitoring the prevention capacity of cardiovascular disease at the local level.

 

Project name:  Social Determinants of Hypertension in Quibdó Initiative
Institution:  Universidad de los Andes
Mentor: Diego Ivan Lucumi Cuesta

ADSHQ Initiative: The student will spent most part of his/her time in Quibdó working with local partners in the implementation of the local plan of urban living conditions and promotion of cardiovascular health in this city. As part of this initiative, the student will work on the evaluation of the local program for the promotion of physical activity, as well as in the implementation and evaluation of a local program for the screening for high blood pressure.

 

Project Name:  Scale Up of Brief Intervention for Adult Heavy Alcohol Use
Institution: Nuevos Rumbos Corporation (Bogotá, Colombia)
Mentor: Dr. Augusto Pêrez Gómez 

This project consists of a quasi-experimental study that compares prevention and management of adult heavy drinking in primary health care units (PHCUs) in three cities in Latin America, including Bogotá. PHCUs receive training in screening and brief advice embedded within ongoing supportive municipal action over an 18-month implementation period. In the comparison sites, practice as usual will continue at both municipal and PHCU levels. The primary outcome will be the proportion of consulting adult patients intervened with (screened and advice given to screen positives). Formal evaluation points will be at baseline, mid-point, and end-point of the 18-month implementation period. The project assesses the proportion of patients receiving intervention in the implementation cities with the proportions in the comparison cities. Activities for this project fall under the conduct of a full process evaluation, including intervention observation and fidelity monitoring, and collection/analysis of behavioral, contextual, financial, and political-economy data.

 

Project Name:  Adaptation and Validation of the Guiding Good Choices (Encaminándolos hacia Buenas Decisiones) prevention program
Institution: Nuevos Rumbos Corporation (Bogotá, Colombia)
Mentor: Dr. Augusto Pêrez Gómez 

This project consists of an adaptation and pilot testing of the family-based Guiding Good Choices (GGC) prevention program. Originally designed at the University of Washington, GGC is a 5 session parent-oriented prevention program that is designed to provide parents with effective means to improve family communication, management and cohesion, with the goal of preventing alcohol and drug use in youth between the ages of 8 and 15. Activities for this project consist of interviews and focus group meetings with target parents to inform the development of manuals and training techniques for the intervention.

 

Project Name:  Development of Brief Interview Motivational Interviewing (BIMI) for college-age students
Institution: Nuevos Rumbos Corporation (Bogotá, Colombia)
Mentor: Dr. Augusto Pêrez Gómez 

This project consists of the development and pilot testing of the Brief Motivational Interviewing intervention for college-age students. Current versions of the intervention are designed to prevent harmful alcohol use in youth between the ages of 13 and 16. This project will expand the target population for the intervention to college-age students where three one-on-one interviews with the young adults will be administered during the course of one year. Activities for this project include interviewing college-age students and assessment of process and outcome evaluation data to determine the feasibility of the adapted intervention.