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Anthropology and Public HealthBridging Differences in Culture and Society$
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Robert A Hahn and Marcia Inborn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.001.0001

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From Street Research to Public Health Intervention: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project

From Street Research to Public Health Intervention: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project

(p.332) 12 From Street Research to Public Health Intervention: The Hartford Drug Monitoring Project
Anthropology and Public Health

Merrill Singer

Greg Mirhej

Claudia Santelices

Hassan Saleheen

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports on the purpose, methods, and findings of a CDC-funded project in Hartford, Connecticut, entitled the Community Responses to Risks of Emergent Drug Use Project. This project was designed to (1) use ethnographic and epidemiological data collection to identify and track emergent drug use trends; (2) analyze these patterns in terms of the sociodemographic traits of participants; (3) assess the potential impact of identified changes on local public health; and (4) use a Participatory Action Research (PAR) model to implement community-based public health responses to research findings in collaboration with a community advisory group. Three illicit drug use trends examined in the project—the spread of methamphetamine among hard-core drug users, the adoption of PCP among emergent adult users, and the use of sweetened cigars among youth—are assessed while describing applied initiatives designed to address the public health implications of identified drug use trends.

Keywords:   drug use trends, ethnographic surveillance, Participatory Action Research, community collaboration

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