Garcia and Pagano Present at AHSR Conference

Posted on 11/12/2015 12:13:36 PM

Dr. Victor Garcia, Distinguished University Professor and director of MARTI, and medical anthropologist Dr. Anna Pagano presented on their NIDA-funded research project “The Anexo: A New Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment in Latino Communities,” recently at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference.

Garcia and Pagano’s presentation centered on Latino immigrants’ use of anexos, a variant of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The anexo is a self-sustaining residential recovery house with a structured living arrangement and nightly AA meetings. They are community-based and provide treatment for immigrants with substance abuse disorders. Garcia and Pagano presented on residents perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of this program.

Dr. Pagano is an associate research scientist at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, California. The Prevention Research Center aims to build safer environments by emphasizing the collaboration of sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and epidemiologists to understand how the environment affects health behaviors. The primary focus is on the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and the consequences of such use.

The AHSR Conference was held October 14-16, in Marina del Rey, California, and had a central theme of “Navigating a Changing Healthcare Landscape” that addressed cutting edge research issues and methodologies in the field of addiction health services.