Health Iniciative for Latino Young Adults
The purpose of the VIDA LIFE is to prevent and reduce substance abuse and the transmission of HIV/AIDS among at-risk, Latino young adults in Metro Atlanta. VIDA LIFE will address behavioral disparities by implementing evidence-based strategies to decrease differences in access, service utilization, and outcomes among Latino young adults. To that end, the project has five goals:
A History of Trust and Dependability
is to conduct a community needs assessment to determine the magnitude of the problem of substance abuse, HIV, and viral hepatitis among Latino young adults in Metro Atlanta; identify the community’s assets and resources for addressing the problem; identify gaps in services and capacity; and assess the community’s readiness to act to address the problem.
is to develop and enhance local capacity and mobilize community resources in order to implement effective programs, practices, and policies to prevent and reduce the onset of substance abuse, reduce sexual risk factors to prevent new HIV and VH infection rates, and decrease HIV transmission among Latino young adults (ages 18-24).
is to develop a data-driven comprehensive strategic plan resulting from the documented needs assessment.
is to assess the performance of the VIDA LIFE program through ongoing monitoring and assessment of project activities. The project is a collaboration between Georgia State University’s School of Social Work and a community based organization, CETPA, Georgia’s only behavioral health provider for Latinos.