ILRP

International Latino Research Partnership (ILRP)


Through a grant funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the ILRP brings together research institutions and their partnering community clinics in Boston, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain to enhance a collaborative international partnership and to develop the research evidence necessary to respond to Latino migrants’ behavioral health service needs. The ILRP multi-site international project is a critical step towards developing models of integrated care for the large and diverse Latino migrant population and more broadly towards understanding how best to integrate evidence-based assessment and treatments for co-occurring substance and mental health problems and HIV risks.


  • AIM 1: Develop an international partnership and research collaboration to support research that can improve accessibility, quality and outcomes of integrated behavioral health services for migrant Latinos with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems, and an increased HIV risk. 
  • AIM 2: Harmonize data across research sites that: a) promotes consistency of newly collected data; b) standardizes data base construction; c) supports uniform documentation of studies and files; and d) enables the aggregation of data on Latino migrant samples to build a robust body of research evidence for improving behavioral health services in primary care clinics.
  • AIM 3: Conduct behavioral health services research focused on rapid screening and referral; as well as testing the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of integrated behavioral health services in primary care clinics for migrant Latinos with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems, and increased risk of HIV.
    We follow a Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model, where we first test the validity of a brief behavioral health screener for Spanish-Speaking populations. Building on that work, we test the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of the “Integrated Intervention for Dual Problems and Early Action” (IIDEA) intervention addressing mental health, substance use, and prevention of HIV as well as a smoking cessation component. 

Funding Acknowledgement

This study is supported by Research Grant R01DA034952-01A1, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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ILRP staff and advisors meet in Madrid in March, 2014 for our first Advisory Board meeting.