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:  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.  

 

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.