The Center for Behavioral Research and Services was actively involved in six research projects during 1998–1999. Three of these studies focused on HIV prevention, one on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, one on tuberculosis, and one on cigar smoking. Funding for these multi-year studies came from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of California, and a subcontract from UCLA on an NHLBI-funded project.
Service activities this year fell into four categories: mental health services for people with HIV; community HIV-prevention programs targeting gay men, gay Latinos, and drug users; pregnancy prevention among teens; and training and technical assistance in HIV prevention. At the end of July, 1999, the HIV mental health program was transferred, at our request, to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and so is no longer associated directly with our center.
During the year, Center staff and faculty had 24 articles published (or under review for publication) in scientific journals. In addition, 10 papers were presented at conferences, including the American Public Health Association and an invited paper at an international scientific conference in Jerusalem (Substance Abuse Issues in the Year 2000), and 29 workshops or other professional training presentations were made.
Four Center employees served in faculty roles at the University during the year, and five faculty members served on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center. Five Social Work graduate students served internships in the Center's mental health program. Thirteen graduate and undergraduate students were employed at the Center during the year. Three former students became full-time employees with the Center, joining nine others now working full time.
During the year 20 contracts and grants supported the Center's activities with funding at $2,926,132. Center employees reflected the demographics of Long Beach: half are male and half female; African-Americans comprise 22%, Asian/Pacific Islanders 13%, Latinos/Hispanics 24%, and Whites, 40%.