Principal Investigator
PI Home Department
Source of Support
Total Cost
Edward Callahan, Ph.D.
Family and Community Medicine
10/2002 - 3/2006

The goal of this three-year study is to reduce substance abuse (including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs), and HIV infection among minority youth in Sacramento County. Ongoing training is provided for primary care clinic providers to incorporate prevention messages in their outpatient visits with youth and parents and refer families to the TRUE prevention program. UC Davis Medical Center primary care clinics, the Sacramento Community Clinic Consortium and other community-based organizations are primary referral sources. Six community clinics and two Health System clinics serve as study sites.

Youth are recruited into the study along with their friends to experience an 8-hour curriculum designed to increase resilience and personal identity and strengthen family relationships. 450 youth, 11-14 years old, and their parents will be enrolled. Sessions are offered in Spanish and English. Educational sessions are offerd at clinic and community-based organization locations throughout Sacramento County. All participants complete a questionnaire before the prevention program begins, immediately afterward and six months after the program.