Conducting peer outreach to migrants: Outcomes for drug treatment patients

Sherry Deren, Sung Yeon Kang, Milton Mino, Honoria Guarino

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Peer outreach models have been successful in addressing HIV risk behaviors of drug users. Patients in methadone maintenance treatment programs who were migrants from Puerto Rico and/or familiar with drug use there were trained to conduct HIV-related peer outreach. A group randomized design was implemented; patients in the Experimental (E) condition (n = 80) received training and conducted 12 weeks of outreach. Half of the patients completed the training and outreach. At follow-up, patients in the E condition who conducted outreach felt they were more helpful to their community, showed a trend for engaging in more vocational activities, and were more likely to talk with others about HIV, compared to those who did not conduct outreach and those in the Control condition (n = 78). Drug treatment patients who are migrants can be trained as peer outreach workers and shortterm benefits were found. Longer term maintenance of benefits should be assessed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Drug users
  • HIV risk
  • Methadone maintenance patients
  • Migrants
  • Peer outreach
  • Puerto Rico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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