Garcia and Heckert Begin Research Project on Juramentos in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Posted on 2/12/2018 1:04:15 PM

Victor Garcia and Alex Heckert, director and associate director of MARTI-CBH respectively, received a $300,000 R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health for their research project, “Juramentos and Recovery: The Use of a Religious-Based Alcohol Intervention among Mexican Immigrant Farmworkers.”

The research project will investigate the use of the juramento to abstain from alcohol use. The juramento is a ritualized pledge made to a saint for divine intervention with a drinking problem. According to available evidence, it provides individuals seeking help with a period of sobriety, hope for recovery, and a reconnection to family, community, and faith.

For further information about the research project, see “Juramentos and Recovery: The Use of a Religious-Based Alcohol Intervention among Mexican Immigrant Farmworkers.”

The NIH R15 funding mechanism, also known as a NIH AREA grant, is designed “to increase diversity, enhance research in specific geographic areas, support individual or institutional training or career development, build research education infrastructure or capacity building” (NIH).

Garcia and Heckert’s NIH R15 grant is the first at IUP and in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Garcia is also a professor of anthropology, and Heckert is a professor of sociology.

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