Health Disparities

Investigators:
  • Jon Houck
  • Kamilla Venner

    Striking health disparities exist for oppressed groups such as racial/ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ, differently abled people, certain religious groups, youth and adolescents. Prominent health disparities related to substance misuse and disorders, differences in justice representation, rates of seeking and receiving treatment across a variety of health issues are in need of redress. With the support of the NIH funding, CASAA investigators have played a key role in research on the assessment, predictors, development, evaluation and adaptations of evidence-based treatment and treatment outcome with American Indian, Hispanic, youth, justice and medical communities.

    Specific areas of expertise include:
  • Assessment of social factors such as discrimination
  • Assessment of spirituality
  • Assessment of cultural identity
  • Adaptation of relevant assessment forms
  • Adaptation and evaluation of prevention and treatment approaches
  • Treatment outcomes for special populations
  • Comparison of the efficacy of motivational interviewing across different populations (AIAN, Hispanic, and youth communities)