Richard Contreras

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Although alliances between community-based organizations (CBOs) and university-based evaluators provide opportunities to enhance community-based interventions, such partnerships may be fraught with challenges and obstacles. This paper focuses on the "story" behind a collaborative partnership between a Latino-focused CBO and a team of university-based(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most prevalent chronic blood-borne infection in the United States and the leading cause of chronic liver disease. HCV is transmitted through blood-to-blood contact. New infections remain common among IDUs, prisoners, and others likely to be exposed to infected blood. The purpose of this study was to use qualitative methods to(More)
We evaluated the access to, and the factors associated with, protease inhibitor use among persons with AIDS in Los Angeles County. A population-based sample of adult persons with AIDS is routinely interviewed in Los Angeles County and includes a 30% random sample of men who have sex with men and all other persons reported with AIDS. Since May of 1996, all(More)
Latinos often do not seek substance abuse services, and this might be correlated to the lack of culturally-modified substance abuse treatment approaches. Oxford House is the largest self-help residential recovery program in the U.S., yet few Latinos are among their current residents. In an effort to change this, bilingual-bicultural recovery homes were(More)
To tailor a behavioral science curriculum to family practice needs, less importance should be given to inpatient psychiatry, and more emphasis to the common outpatient problems seen in the primary care setting. The experience of co-leading a short-term couples therapy group during residency training can assist the family physician in becoming more(More)
The present study examined self-regulation, unemployment, and substance use outcomes for individuals with and without posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who had transitioned from substance use treatment centers to the community. Participants, recruited from substance abuse treatment centers, were randomly assigned to an Oxford House self-help communal(More)
Research investigations on twelve-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have addressed a number of resources associated with 12-step recovery. However, little is known about the role of wisdom, and whether aspects of 12-step participation might increase this resource among 12-step members. An exploratory analysis(More)
BACKGROUND Although evidence-based depression prevention programs are available, Latino adolescents continue to underutilize and delay mental health intervention, resulting in increased rates of depression and suicide. OBJECTIVES To describe a community-academic collaboration, program development and training of opinion leaders, preliminary findings, and(More)