Projects - Colombia

 

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.  

 

Project Name:  Impact of drug abuse on family life
Institution: Nuevos Rumbos Corporation (Bogotá, Colombia)
Mentor: Dr. Augusto Pêrez Gómez

This is a very original project, without precedents in the scientific literature. The aim is to understand what is called in the field of health economy “intangible costs”: in this case, the suffering, emotional distress, conflict and communicational disturbances associated with the fact of having a member of the family involved in drug problems. So far 400 families have been interviewed and 31 hypothesis have been formulated, making this project a very rich and promising source of knowledge.

 

Project Name: The Behavioral Health of Venezuelan Families in Diaspora: A Cross-National Study of Migration-Related Stress and Resilience
Institution: Nuevos Rumbos Corporation (Bogotá, Colombia)
Mentor:
Dr. Augusto Pêrez Gómez

Venezuelans are among the fastest-growing immigrant groups in the United States and the largest group of migrants in Colombia, filing two times the number of US asylum applications annually in comparison to citizens from any other country. Our preliminary research— coupled with surveillance statistics and front-line journalism—suggests that depression and alcohol misuse are significant challenges for this population, and that many Venezuelan crisis migrants are exposed to high levels of stress before and after migrating. This research will provide us vital knowledge to address the needs of Venezuelan crisis migrant families, and well as a way to respond to future crisis migrations. The aim of the research is: Identify pre and post-migration risk and protective factors related to depression and alcohol misuse among Venezuelan crisis migrant youth and their parents. Determine the mechanisms by which pre-migration factor (e.g. chronic hunger) and post-migration cultural stress impact depression and alcohol misuse among Venezuelan crisis migrants. Disseminate findings to accelerate efforts to support Venezuelan crisis migrant families. In order to reach the goals of the longitudinal study, we are going to obtain quantitative and qualitative information including surveys and interviews at different points of the 4-year project that will be administered to the same migrant population. Measures include: behavioral health outcomes, depressive symptoms, alcohol misuse, crisis migration factors (pre-migration), migration-related Cultural Stress (post-migration), protective factors, family functioning, and sociodemographic measures.