Collaborating with Immigrant Parents and Community Health Workers for Youth Suicide Prevention
2021 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $90,000
Focus Areas: Community Intervention Studies, Clinical Treatment Studies
Kiara Alvarez, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Mentor: Lisa Fortuna, Ph.D., MPH
Inside the Research
Immigrant-origin youth experience barriers to mental health treatment and specific risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior. Community health workers (public health workers who are often part of the community they serve) are uniquely positioned to provide accessible and culturally responsive suicide prevention programming to families. In this project, clinician-researchers and community partners will collaborate to adapt and pilot-test a youth suicide prevention program for delivery by community health workers to Latinx immigrant parents.