October 1, 2013
Thankam Sunil is program director of Oh Snap!
Department of Sociology's Dr. Thankam Sunil received $900,000 in funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) for his new Oh Snap! aids and substance abuse prevention program. The funding will enable the program to provide integrated substance abuse and HIV intervention services to African American, Hispanic/Latino, and other minority young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are enrolled at UTSA.
Dr. Sunil, who serves as the director of the Institute for Health Disparities Research, developed the program in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and local minority serving community-based organizations.
Following is the project's abstract:
Oh Snap! is a collaborative effort between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio- Division of Community Pediatrics (CP), and minority serving Community-Based Organizations- Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS Coalition Trust (BEAT AIDS) and San Antonio Fighting Back , Inc. (SAFB) to prevent and reduce substance abuse and transmission of HIV/AIDS among minority young adults. The project will provide an integrated substance abuse and HIV intervention by utilizing a comprehensive array of evidence-based substance abuse and HIV prevention strategies, including implementing culturally competent education curricula, HIV testing services, and environmental prevention strategies developed under a Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).