Health & Housing Security

Community member health and housing security are key indicators of community well-being.

SIROW’s work in these areas includes:

  • Prevention and intervention programs to address health and housing disparities
  • Increasing access to healthcare and housing for historically underserved populations
  • Creating systems of care to address correlated and co-occurring health-related issues
  • Identifying factors that impact health and housing disparities
  • Training providers, gatekeepers, and decision-makers to recognize need and provide affirming, non-judgmental healthcare, treatment, and services

Current Projects

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Bridge to Wellness team
SIROW's Bridge to Wellness project team

Bridges to Wellness is an infrastructure and capacity-building project to deliver and sustain prevention services to reduce the onset of substance abuse (SA), HIV, and Viral Hepatitis (VH) among system-involved minority youth ages 13-17 in Tucson and Sells, Arizona. B-Well is a collaboration between SIROW, Intermountain Centers for Human Development, the Pima County Health Department, and the Pima County Community Prevention Coalition. Four project goals include:

  1. completion of a needs assessment and strategic plan;
  2. mobilization and capacity building to address identified prevention needs;
  3. implementation of prevention strategies and programs; and
  4. evaluation of program processes and outcomes to assess performance and project impact on behavioral health disparities.

The Intermountain infrastructure/capacity-building component includes: a Train-the-Trainer model to train youth professionals to deliver prevention services; developing policies for successful implementation; integrating Intermountain staff into B-Well service delivery; and embedding B-Well project services into existing Intermountain services. Community infrastructure development and capacity-building includes collaborating and coordinating with the Community Prevention Coalition as key stakeholders and working to increase protective factors in the community through direct and indirect environmental prevention, outreach activities, and social marketing. The prevention component for youth will utilize a Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing approach, combining small group evidence-based curricula; individual prevention planning; SA screening; HIV and VH counseling and testing; and active linkages to additional services.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Monica Davis, Tamara Sargus, Fedora Preston-Haynes

Project partners: Intermountain Centers for Human Development, Pima County Health Department, Pima County Community Prevention Coalition

Location: SIROW Central, 3776 N. 1st Ave., STE. 102, Tucson, AZ 85719

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U-MATTER team
SIROW's U-MATTER project team

This project examines the feasibility, acceptability, implementation, and effectiveness of an innovative law enforcement/behavioral health peer support co-responder deflection model to address misuse of opioids and other substances—the Deflection Program. The Deflection Program aims to expand access to substance use treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for people with opioid use disorder (OUD), by

  1. identifying and connecting adults with substance use disorders (SUDs) to appropriate treatment and
  2. providing ongoing peer support in the community to support retention and re-engagement in MAT.

Under the Deflection Program, police officers and co-responding peer support specialists identify and connect individuals with substance use problems who are willing to consider treatment to a treatment provider in lieu of arresting them. Clinic staff assess and enroll the individuals in appropriate evidence-based treatment. This research project assesses feasibility and acceptability of the Deflection Program in terms of support for the program among police officers, behavioral health staff, and community members, as well as amount of outreach efforts, number of deflections, and number of people engaged and retained in substance use treatment. We examine implementation of the Deflection Program via an evaluation of how partners collaborate to implement the program. Utilizing a rigorous research design, we also examine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the Deflection Program in addressing substance use and related problems, including criminal activity and opioid-related overdoses and deaths. This research project advances the fields of law enforcement and behavioral health, inform policy change, and advance the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Keith Bentele, Brenda Granillo, Dora Bezies-Lopez, Nicole Borchaloui, Kylie Jansing, Fedora Preston-Haynes, Tamara Sargus

Project partners: Tucson Police Department, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc., Kathryn McCollister

Location: SIROW Central, 3776 N. 1st Ave., STE. 102, Tucson, AZ 85719

This project will adapt an existing hypertension medication self-management system to develop Medication Education, Decision Support, Reminding, and Monitoring- Memory (MEDSReM-M) to meet the needs and abilities of people with mild cognitive impairment. Facilitators and barriers for use of MEDSReM will be identified by interviewing people with mild cognitive impairment and their care partners, after they are shown the self-management system to guide the development of MEDSReM-M. Then using heuristic evaluations and cognitive walkthroughs, and through iterative usability testing with people with mild cognitive impairment, we will test, redesign, and optimize the system for people with mild cognitive impairment. We will then conduct a randomized controlled trial to test the effects of MEDSReM-M relative to a standardized educational control group on outcomes including adherence to hypertension medications, blood pressure, self-determination (competence and autonomy), and technology acceptance. This project will result in a digital health intervention system that has the potential to reduce cognitive decline associated with cardiovascular risks, save healthcare dollars, and promote autonomy and quality of life in people with mild cognitive impairment.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

Project partners: University of Arizona College of Nursing, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice & Science, University of Arizona Departments of Psychology, University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign, Ephibian Tech Company

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

The Dragonfly Community Center Supportive Services for Homeless Individuals and Families is a collaboration between Amity Foundation and SIROW with Amity Foundation’s Dragonfly program providing services and SIROW serving as the external evaluator for the overall project. The project aims to serve homeless individuals living in or referred to our transitional housing community. The project’s overarching goal is to expand Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment services to serve more homeless individuals and families in Pima County, Arizona. A total of 350 adult individuals will be enrolled in the project over the 5-year grant period. The evidenced-based practices embedded within an array of services include

  1. Modified Therapeutic Community for Persons with Co-Occuring Disorders,
  2. Seeking Safety to address trauma, and
  3. Strength-based Case Management to assist with providing helpful and appropriate services.

Evaluation activities include obtaining baseline and six-month follow-up assessments from enrolled participants, data feedback meetings to improve participant services, and dissemination of findings more broadly.

Contact: Rosi Andrade, rosia@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Rosi Andrade, Sally Stevens, George Lopez, Keith Bentele

Project partners: Amity Foundation

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

The purpose of the Health Home Hope (H3) Project is to end the cycle of homelessness for households currently experiencing long term unsheltered homelessness in Tucson and Pima County through the expansion, integration, and coordination of local community behavioral health (BH), physical health and housing support systems. H3 provides BH and other recovery-oriented services to those experiencing long-term unsheltered homelessness through

  1. intensive street outreach,
  2. navigation designed to rapidly connect individuals with substance use disorder and or co-occurring disorders to mainstream treatment and recovery services including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and 
  3. coordinate housing and services that support sustained recovery and wellness within permanent housing.

The population of focus is unsheltered homeless households in Pima County experiencing substance use disorders and chronic health conditions, including single adults, youth and families. SIROW conducts evaluation for this project.

Contact: Claudia Powell, claudiap@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Corrie Brinley, Keith Bentele, George Lopez

Location: SIROW Silverlake Park, 1037 E. 34th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

The Hep C study is an epidemiologic study of community‐based screening for hepatitis C  (HCV) among people who use drugs in Arizona will demonstrate the outcomes of public health investment in community‐ based screening for HCV. This study includes a secondary analysis of screening outcomes by a statewide harm reduction partner (Sonoran Prevention Works) and a secondary analysis of interview data from 131 people on MOUD in Arizona. Collaborators include the Sonoran Prevention Works, the Arizona statewide Drug Policy Research and Advocacy Board (DPRAB), the Southwest Recovery Alliance and the Arizona statewide hepatitis C free coalition.

Contact: Beth Meyerson, bmeyerson@arizona.edu

Project partners: Sonoran Prevention Works, Arizona statewide Drug Policy Research and Advocacy Board (DPRAB), Southwest Recovery Alliance, Arizona statewide hepatitis C free coalition

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

As a component of participation in Pima County’s Task Force on Preventing Evictions and Homelessness, which convened in the Fall of 2020, SIROW began providing updated reports on levels of housing insecurity and potential homelessness in both Arizona and Pima County. These reports relied on data from the Census Household Pulse Survey experimental data series, which released new data every two weeks through April 2021. In total, 15 reports have been released to date providing near real time (within two weeks) information on levels of housing insecurity and financial strain amongst households in Arizona during the pandemic and pandemic-induced recession. These reports have been used by local government agencies and non-profit organizations to both gauge the local level of financial strain and to advocate for extensions to eviction moratoriums and expanded support for struggling renters.

Contact: Keith Bentele, keithb@arizona.edu

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

The goal of this project is to test the effectiveness of an innovative, culturally- tailored, coordinated care intervention derived from previous research (RxHL Study, 1R01HL120907) and existing pilot medication therapy management program at the research site. Building on an ecosocial framework of chronic disease self-management, the IMPaCT intervention by pharmacist-community health worker team will identify and address individual, clinical, social-cultural and structural barriers to medication adherence among low income minority patients with hypertension, polypharmacy use and nonadherence.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Brenda Granillo

Project partners: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice & Science, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Caring Health Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

The major goal of this project is to advance and test Medication Education, Decision Support, Reminding, and Monitoring System 2.0 (MEDSReM-2), a theory-based, technology-enhanced comprehensive self-management system that supports hypertension medication adherence and blood pressure management for non-adherent older adults. This project employs an evidence-based, multidimensional approach aiming to increase levels of perceived competence and autonomy, higher and sustained medication adherence, and improved blood pressure levels for older adults (≥ 65 years) who self-manage at least one hypertension medication and who do not adhere to their medication regimens. This project employs an app-based intervention with customized, cue-driven associative processes, relevant education and decision support (what to do after a missed dose), and promotion of competence and autonomy to motivate individuals to engage in the intervention, thereby sustaining its effectiveness over time.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

Project partners: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice & Science, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Gillis Einstein, University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign, Ephibian Tech Company

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

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Lighthouse Project team
SIROW's Lighthouse Project team

The Lighthouse Project is designed to link homeless, transitional age youth and young adults who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning and their Straight Allies (LGBTQ+) to a trauma-informed system of care that includes linkages to permanent supportive housing and primary health care, case management services, substance abuse and mental health treatment and a wide array of recovery support services.  The University of Arizona-Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW), the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and CODAC Health, Recovery and Wellness will partner to serve LGBTQ+-identified, transitional age youth and young adults, including those who are veterans, in Southern Arizona, from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, with a specific focus on those between the ages of 18 and 35 who are chronically homeless.  The goals of this project are

  1. to provide ongoing outreach to a minimum of 300 individuals annually and screening to a minimum of 100 LGBTQ+ homeless young adults each year,
  2. to annually enroll 60 individuals into needs-based, trauma-informed services, including case management, mental health and substance abuse treatment and recovery support services,
  3. to develop and implement a coordinated, comprehensive, trauma-informed System of Care for chronically homeless young adults that is sensitive to and focused on the specific needs of those who identify as LGBTQ+, and
  4. to evaluate all project activities to examine the impact of the intervention for participants and the longitudinal improvements to the System of Care.

Contact: Claudia Powell, claudiap@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Courtney Waters, Shannon Fowler, Julie Luchetta, Jackson Wray, Keith Bentele

Project partners: Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), CODAC Health, Recovery and Wellness

Location: SIROW Silverlake Park, 1037 E. 34th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

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Nuevo Camino team
SIROW's Nuevo Camino project team

The overall purpose of Pima County Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program - Nuevo Camino is to enhance and expand a system of care providing comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents and transitional aged youth (ages 12-21) who have substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and their families/primary caregivers. SU involved adolescents and their families will have access to system of care of SU treatment, mental health treatment, tobacco prevention and cessation programming; healthy behavior-related skills education; and recovery support services, including community connections and referrals. Together, these components will support youth and their families in cultivating the information, motivation, and behavioral skills to plan for and pursue a substance free and healthy future.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Brenda Granillo, Fedora Preston-Haynes

Project partners: Intermountain Centers for Human Development, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, Community Partners Integrated Healthcare, Pima County Juvenile Court Center

Location: SIROW Central, 3776 N. 1st Ave., STE. 102, Tucson, AZ 85719

PharmNet is a randomized cluster study to test a pharmacy-based intervention to reduce opioid misuse and overdose among pharmacy patients in Indiana. The project is based on years of feasibility research conducted by Meyerson and her team at Indiana University Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (prior to coming to UofA in 2019). The project is a partnership with Indiana community harm reduction partner Indiana Recovery Alliance, local pharmacies and the Indiana Pharmacists Association. PharmNet is a multi-component intervention involving patient-driven opioid misuse and syringe use risk screening at the pharmacy, pharmacy consultation and service provision which may involve naloxone and syringe dispensing, and referral to community services for addiction treatment, health screening for HIV and HCV, and other services as required.

Contact: Beth Meyerson, bmeyerson@arizona.edu

Project partners: Indiana University Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana Recovery Alliance, Indiana Pharmacists Association, Indiana University School of Public Health, Eastern Carolina University, Williams Brothers Pharmacy in Indiana

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

Homeless Street Count Data Analysis and Methodology Project was developed to assist the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, and specifically the Homeless Street Count Committee, to develop a plan to better determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Pima County. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities that receive HUD funding to count all of the people who slept on the street or in a shelter on one specific night during the end of January. Teams of volunteers are trained and deployed across the county to determine the number of people who are currently homeless in our community. Because of the sheer size of Pima County, SIROW’s role in this project was to develop a methodology to categorize and sample different areas of the county and analyze the data of both sampled areas and areas where there was an attempt to interview every person experiencing homelessness in that sector.

Contact: Claudia Powell, claudiap@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Corrie Brinley, Keith Bentele

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

A project to assess the extent of financial strain and rental debts experienced by landlords in Pima County, to inquire about their responses to missed payments and knowledge of available supports, and to provide useful information to landlords to, ideally, help mitigate these strains.

Contact: Keith Bentele, keithb@arizona.edu

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

Project Lifeline is a comprehensive suicide prevention strategy to reduce the incidence of suicide, suicide attempts, and their related risk factors such as alcohol and other drug (AOD) misuse/abuse among students at the UA with a special emphasis on high-risk student populations, such as LGBTQ students and veterans. In collaboration with a wide variety of campus and community partners, University of Arizona Campus Health Services’ and SIROW’s Project Lifeline addresses the following objectives:

  1. Increase collaboration among campus departments and the Tucson community to address student mental and behavioral health needs;
  2. Increase knowledge and willingness of students and campus personnel (gatekeepers) to respond effectively to students with mental health and behavioral health problems that can lead to school failure, such as depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts and attempts;
  3. Increase students who are screened and assessed for mental health and substance use disorders;
  4. Increase awareness of campus and community resources that can identify, assess, and treat mental health and behavioral health problems;
  5. Increase help seeking for mental health and behavioral health problems;
  6. Decrease suicide attempts and related risk factors;
  7. Institutionalize effective program components and disseminate information at local, state, and national levels.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Corrie Brinley

Project partners: University of Arizona Campus Health Services, University of Arizona Life & Works Connections

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

The overall purpose of Safe Haven is to enhance and expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for adults with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT in Springfield, MA. Safe Haven will increase capacity and infrastructure to provide MAT and recovery support services (RSS) to adults with OUD seeking or receiving MAT, including to those of historically underserved groups, with an emphasis on Hispanic individuals including Spanish-speaking refugees and first generation immigrants. Safe Haven will also work to improve adult well-being, decrease opioid misuse and related risk behavior, and promote retention in services by providing comprehensive, evidence-based MAT and RSS to adults with OUD seeking or receiving MAT, with an emphasis on Hispanic individuals. The Safe Haven project team will utilize ongoing monitoring and evaluation of to inform ongoing quality improvement and to assess impact of the project on behavioral health disparities related to access, engagement, and retention in MAT; health-related treatment and services; substance use; mental health, as well as related outcomes, such as vocational engagement or development of social networks.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Brenda Granillo

Project partners: Caring Health Center, Springfield, MA

Location: SIROW Central 3776 N. 1st Ave., STE. 102, Tucson, AZ 85719

This project examines whether school gardens foster enduring resilience in the face of severe, dislocating challenges, such as experienced during the pandemic. The return-to-school provides a unique opportunity to collect ephemeral quantitative and qualitative data on whether access to a school garden, despite the vicissitudes experienced in learning and living during the previous school year’s COVID-19 quarantine, might help to build more resilient children and communities. This project is a quasi-experimental study with four elementary Title I schools that will determine the relationships between garden-based learning and resilience. We hypothesize that learning gardens in schools can produce significant positive effects on the development of resilience in children.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Corrie Brinley

Project partners: University of Arizona Community & School Garden Program

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

Bridging two social justice issues, the Sex University (Sex U) Pilot Study will use sexuality education as an innovative strategy for preventing sexual violence. Aimed at first year students who are involved in Greek organizations, the project will adapt a comprehensive sexuality education program using sexual ethics and rights-based approaches. Sex U will be packaged into an institute where participants will learn, build skills, discuss, reflect, and have fun. The efficacy of Sex U for preventing sexual violence will be tested using an experimental design. Participants who engage in the program are expected to demonstrate increased knowledge of relationship “red flags”; increased confidence negotiating consent and asserting personal boundaries; improved sexual communication skills; and the ability to articulate human rights as a motive for consent. Given positive outcomes, the pilot study’s final objective will involve exploring options for scaling up Sex U to broader adoption by the Greek community and other University entities.

Contact: Courtney Waters

SIROW project team: Courtney Waters, Fedora Preston-Haynes

Location: SIROW Silverlake Park, 1037 E. 34th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

In response to the need to better understand the short- and long-term outcomes of day shelter programing for women experiencing homelessness, Penny Buckley, Sister Jose Women’s Center (SJWC) Program Manager, is collaborating with researchers at SIROW to engage in a pilot evaluation of SJWC services. The primary goals of the evaluation are to assess the quantity and duration of engagement in services, level of satisfaction in services, and impact of services in the lives of unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness. Findings will be utilized to enhance and expand services and develop a more rigorous evaluation.

Contact: Corrie Brinley, cbrinley@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Corrie Brinley

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

The purpose of Spectrum is to provide HIV prevention and education services (including HIV and Hepatitis testing and counseling) and to expand and enhance substance use and co-occurring disorder screening, referral to treatment, and outreach and pretreatment services for LGBTQ+ identified youth and young adults (primarily ages 13-24) from elevated-risk multi-ethnic communities, primarily, Latino, African American and Native American. This project utilizes an existing collaboration including SIROW, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health (Devereux). The primary target population includes youth who might not be identified as having substance abuse and related behavioral health problems or receive needed interventions in culturally responsive ways. Spectrum will enhance and expand the continuum of services for participants. All participants will receive the either the SIROW Health Education for Youth (SIROW HEY) curriculum or the SIROW Sexual Health Education-Queer (SIROW SHE-Q), facilitated by staff from the SAAF, Devereux and SIROW.

Contact: Claudia Powell, claudiap@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Courtney Waters, Kaylee Wong, Corrie Brinley, Monica Davis, Keith Bentele

Project partners: Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Location: SIROW Silverlake Park, 1037 E. 34th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

Terros Health Inc.’s Turning the Tide (T3) serves Hispanic/Latino and African American males ages 18-24 who are at high risk of HIV. Services are provided throughout Maricopa County, Arizona and will include outreach, testing, community education about substance use and HIV prevention and the delivery of Many Men, Many Voices (3MV). T3 also promotes increased coordination among providers to facilitate access to services and resources. Infection will be reduced by increasing knowledge about prevention and testing. Access to care is increased through coordinated and strategic internal and external procedures and increase advocacy related to health disparities. T3 contributes to the Coordinated National Response through strengthening relationships at the community, county, and state level.  Activities include completion of a community needs assessment, outreach to engage individuals in testing, community education workshops about the relationship between substance use and HIV, information sharing at community events and the delivery of the evidence-based curriculum, Many Men, Many Voices. SIROW conducts the evaluation for the T3 project.

Contact: Claudia Powell, claudiap@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Corrie Brinley,

Project partners: Terros Health Inc.

Location: SIROW Main campus, 925 N Tyndall Ave, Tucson, AZ 85721

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U-MATTER team
SIROW's U-MATTER project team

U-MATTER (Unified Medication Assisted Treatment Targeted Engagement Response) project is a coordinated effort of Pima County, Tucson Police Department, CODAC Health, Recovery, and Wellness, Inc. (CODAC), and SIROW. It is focused on identifying, engaging, and retaining individuals with opioid use disorder in comprehensive medication assisted treatment and recovery support services and facilitating these individuals’ long-term recovery. U-MATTER will enhance and expand access to medication assisted treatment services for adults in Pima County, AZ with an opioid use disorder by increasing capacity and infrastructure to

  1. identify and connect adults with opioid use disorder who are appropriate for medication assisted treatment to existing comprehensive medication assisted treatment and related recovery support services; and
  2. provide ongoing peer support in the community to support retention and re-engagement in medication assisted treatment.

To reach these goals, U-MATTER will implement a law enforcement/ behavioral health co-located co-responder model to expand community outreach, screening, assessment, and active linkage to comprehensive medication assisted treatment and recovery support services.

Contact: Josephine Korchmaros, jkorch@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Josephine Korchmaros, Keith Bentele, Tamara Sargus, Fedora Preston-Haynes

Project partners: Pima County, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc., the Tucson Police Department, Pretrial Services of Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Location: SIROW Central, 3776 N. 1st Ave., STE. 102, Tucson, AZ 85719

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Youth Care team
SIROW's Youth Care project team

Our Family Services Youth Care project aims to reduce youth homelessness by providing housing, navigation services, linkages to mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Youth Care is part the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project. The project focuses on youth homelessness with significant coordination and support to the Homeless Youth Coalition, Youth Action Committee, Homeless Youth Subcommittee, and youth-serving entities. SIROW’s role on Youth Care consists of participation in all YHDP initiatives, partnering with A Way Home America Grand Challenge leadership team, a timely completion of all activities outlined in the YHDP Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness and the AWHA Grand Challenge Aims and the facilitation and support youth participation in National Alliance to End Homelessness and A Way Home America Grand Challenge conferences/convenings.

Contact: Claudia Powell, claudiap@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Shannon Fowler, Zach Simmons

Location: SIROW Silverlake Park, 1037 E. 34th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

The SIROW Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) serves the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness which includes non-profit agencies, government entities, businesses, and community members experiencing homelessness. The project focuses on youth homelessness with significant coordination and support to the TPCH Collaborative Applicant, Youth Action Committee, Homeless Youth Subcommittee, and youth-serving entities. This project contributes to the planning requirements of the FY 2018 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project planning grant including the development and implementation of a coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness and participation in the A Way Home America Grand Challenge initiative with key aims of

  1. increasing youth voice and leadership within the local youth homelessness response system and
  2. improving equity and opportunity as it is experienced by youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth.

SIROW’s role on the project is to provide administrative leadership and staffing to the Tucson/Pima County YHDP/AWHA Grand Challenge, participating in YHDP Operations Team and all YHDP initiatives, and to ensure timely completion of all activities outlined in the YHDP Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness and the AWHA Grand Challenge Aims.

Contact: Claudia Powell, claudiap@arizona.edu

SIROW project team: Claudia Powell, Shannon Fowler, Julie Luchetta

Project partners: Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness

Location: SIROW Silverlake Park, 1037 E. 34th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

Completed Projects

Completed projects are listed in alphabetical order.

Contact: Keith Bentele, keithb@email.arizona.edu

Presentation of this project: “Forecasting Homelessness in Arizona During the COVID-19 Crisis – Update
Presentation to Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care (Jan 2021), Phoenix Community Alliance (Feb 2021), Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness General Council Meeting (Feb 2021).

Report for this project: "Forecasting Homelessness In Arizona During the COVID-19 Crisis"

Contact: Rosi Andrade, rosia@email.arizona.edu

A needs assessment and support project for homeless women living in Pima County.

Poster presentation: "Health and Social Well-being in Chronically Homeless Women"
Presented at the Society for the Study of Human Development, Portland, Oregon, by Franziska Frank, franziskafrank@email.arizona.edu.

Contact: Rosi Andrade, rosia@email.arizona.edu

A project to promote social inclusion and well-being of chronically homeless women.   

Contact: Jo Korchmaros, jkorch@email.arizona.edu
Funded by the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) ; January 1, 2014–December 31, 2017

This study explores how medication adherence, a widespread problem in primary care, is shaped by structural, social and individual factors. Building on our previous research, the current study combines qualitative and quantitative methods to examine health literacy and barriers to medication adherence among urban, minority and medically underserved patients. Massachusetts, a leader in health insurance reform, provides a unique research setting for this study as the state has recently expanded the number of people insured under publicly-funded programs while implementing cost-control measures that may negatively affect access to prescription medications, especially for low-income people. Improved understanding of the complex relationships among health literacy, culturally-variable health beliefs, and structural and socioeconomic factors will better prepare primary health care providers to improve adherence and support patients’ chronic disease self-management.