This new study is focused on understanding barriers that contribute to Latino- White disparities in the use of specialty alcohol treatment. Underutilization by Latinos, the largest and fastest growing minority racial/ethnic group, is troublesome given that these services have been shown to be effective regardless of race/ethnicity.
Findings will address gaps in the understanding of barriers that prevent people from seeking and receiving appropriate care for alcohol use disorders and will aid in the development of strategies to enhance treatment use. The primary aim of the study will be to uncover new knowledge that is critical to the development of effective and culturally tailored intervention strategies that meet the specific needs of Latinos with alcohol use disorders and thereby reduce existing racial/ethnic health disparities.
Former ARG postdoctoral fellow and associate scientist Miguel Pinedo, and now an assistant professor at University of Texas, Austin, will lead the investigation in collaboration with ARG senior scientist Sarah E. Zemore. The three-year project is funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).