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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.

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.