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Letter from the Directors

Dear SIROW Colleague,

The 2017-2018 year was exciting for SIROW. We transitioned to a new leadership team. The new Director, Jo Korchmaros, and Associate Director, Claudia Powell, learned so much and continue to work diligently to guide and support SIROW’s efforts to develop, conduct, and disseminate collaborative outreach, education, intervention, and research projects to diverse groups. This annual newsletter highlights some of the important efforts of SIROW researchers and collaborators. 

One of SIROW’s newest projects, the CREATE Project is focused on building Confidence, Readiness, Empowerment, Action, Transformation and Employment for women. This project was collaboratively developed and led by SIROW and Sister José Women’s Center in response to findings from their previous work examining challenges faced by local homeless women. Read more about the CREATE Project in Rosi Andrade’s article.

Spectrum is another new SIROW project. As Courtney Waters explains in her article, Spectrum is a collaboration of SIROW, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. These organizations are working together to offer inclusive sexuality education, linkages to mental and behavioral health services, HIV testing, and prevention navigation for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24.

Some of SIROW’s existing projects also aim to address challenges experienced by youth. For example, SIROW’s Bridges to Wellness, or B-Well, Project has continued its impactful work providing sexually transmitted infection testing, including HIV and viral hepatitis testing, to youth as part of health-related prevention efforts. In the article entitled "Bridges to Wellness Project Provides Education and Testing Services," Tamara Sargus discusses B-Well Project activities and the collaborative efforts of SIROW, the Pima County Health Department, and Intermountain Centers for Human Development.

SIROW has also continued its work addressing challenges that youth and families experience in the juvenile justice system. Partnering with Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS) and Children's Action Alliance, SIROW works to improve the outcomes for justice involved youth. You can read more about this Juvenile Justice Initiative Project in the article, by Sally Stevens and Tamara Sargus.

During the 2017-2018 year, SIROW continued to focus on disseminating project findings and lessons learned through local, national and international presentations and publications. Please check out the list of SIROW scholarly articles. This list includes published articles, as well as articles under review, which showcase the most recent findings of SIROW projects. Be sure to also read about Jill Williams’ recent work published in the online forum of Environment and Planning C: Society and Space.

Finally, the article by Candace Black announces an exciting event coordinated by SIROW and the Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Task Force. This one-day drop-in center for victims of human trafficking provided needed outreach and support to survivors.

Thank you to all of our community partners and program participants who have supported and worked with SIROW! Your contributions are invaluable.

If you are interested in learning more about SIROW projects and opportunities to get involved, please visit our webpage at

Jo Korchmaros, Ph.D. & Claudia Powell, M.Ed.

Director, SIROW           Associate Director, SIROW