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Carmen Albizu-García

TitleMD
Faculty RankProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Puerto Rico
DepartmentHealth Services Administration, SPH - Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research
AddressPo Box 362758
San Juan PR 000936
Phone7877582525 ext 4213 4214
Fax787 767 4146
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    We have focused our research trajectory on the unmet health needs of public health significance affecting vulnerable populations in the US and Puerto Rico. We conduct health services research related to needs and services for substance use (SUD) and mental health disorders as well HIV, among persons living in prison and in the in the community. Our publications have documented the need for patient-centered services among these vulnerable groups and described the behaviors that place these individuals at risk for preventable adverse outcomes of untreated SUDs within the correctional context. Results of our studies have been used to formulate recommendations to the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections to generate Medication Assisted Treatment expansion for eligible prisoners in the island and have also informed public policy development. In addition, through our participation in multi center studies funded by NIDA, our work has contributed to understand structural factors that need to be considered in the implementation of services for these populations in the criminal justice system in the US. Our current research emphasizes, although is not limited to, the manifestations of stigma towards drug users among health professionals in training and in practice, the internalization of stigma by persons with a SUD and their effects on access, retention, and outcomes of care. In addition, we are studying normative influences on stigma through a qualitative study that examines the representation of drug use, illegal drugs, and treatment for a drug use disorder in printed media in PR from 1950-2012. Studies currently under way will inform stigma reduction interventions among health professionals as well as identify structural factors at the macro-systemic level that contribute to the cultural beliefs about drug users that contribute to the gap in effective treatment options in the island and the US.

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    1. Pérez-Pedrogo C, Martínez-Taboas A, González RA, Caraballo JN, Albizu-García CE. Sex differences in traumatic events and psychiatric morbidity associated to probable posttraumatic stress disorder among Latino prisoners. Psychiatry Res. 2018 07; 265:208-214. PMID: 29738944.
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    2. Varas-Díaz N, Rivera M, Rivera-Segarra E, Neilands TB, Ortiz N, Pedrogo Y, Mendoza S, Rivera Amador A, Martínez García S, Rivera Suazo S, Albizu-García CE. Beyond negative attitudes: Examining HIV/AIDS stigma behaviors in clinical encounters. AIDS Care. 2017 11; 29(11):1437-1441. PMID: 28464694.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Román-Ithier JC, González RA, Vélez-Pastrana MC, González-Tejera GM, Albizu-García CE. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms, type of offending and recidivism in a prison population: The role of substance dependence. Crim Behav Ment Health. 2017 Dec; 27(5):443-456. PMID: 27455899.
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    4. Colón Jordán HM, Laborde Rivera JE, Marín Centeno HA, Albizu-García CE. Medical Costs of Persons with Drug Use Disorders Among Medicaid Managed Care Beneficiaries in Puerto Rico : Comparison of the Direct Services Costs Incurred by Beneficiaries With and Without a Drug Use Disorder. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2016 Apr; 43(2):293-304. PMID: 26219253.
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    5. Pérez CM, del Carmen Santos M, Torres A, Grana C, Albizu-García C. Knowledge of Case Workers and Correctional Officers towards HIV and HCV Infections: Opportunity for Public Health Education in the Correctional System. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Sep; 34(3):135-41. PMID: 26356737.
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    6. Pérez CM, Albizu-García CE, Torres EA. Tackling the Health Challenge posed by Hepatitis C in Puerto Rico: A Call for Immediate Public Health Actions. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Jun; 34(2):53-9. PMID: 26061053.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    7. Swan H, Hiller ML, Albizu-García CE, Pich M, Patterson Y, O'Connell DJ. Efficacy of a Process Improvement Intervention on Inmate Awareness of HIV Services: A Multi-Site Trial. Health Justice. 2015 Jun; 3:11. PMID: 26203411.
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    8. Deren S, Gelpí-Acosta C, Albizu-García CE, González A, Des Jarlais DC, Santiago-Negrón S. Deren et al. Respond. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jan; 105(1):e3-e4. PMID: 25393198.
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    9. Deren S, Gelpí-Acosta C, Albizu-García CE, González Á, Des Jarlais DC, Santiago-Negrón S. Addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Puerto Rican people who inject drugs: the need for a multiregion approach. Am J Public Health. 2014 Nov; 104(11):2030-6. PMID: 25211722.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Caraballo JN, Pérez-Pedrogo C, Albizu-García CE. Assessing post-traumatic stress symptoms in a Latino prison population. Int J Prison Health. 2013; 9(4):196-207. PMID: 25763455.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. González RA, Vélez-Pastrana MC, Ruiz Varcárcel JJ, Levin FR, Albizu-García CE. Childhood ADHD symptoms are associated with lifetime and current illicit substance-use disorders and in-site health risk behaviors in a representative sample of Latino prison inmates. J Atten Disord. 2015 Apr; 19(4):301-12. PMID: 23212598.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Correa-Fernández V, Carrión-Baralt JR, Alegría M, Albizu-García CE. Correlates associated with unipolar depressive disorders in a Latino population. Psychopathology. 2013; 46(3):163-71. PMID: 23006435.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Albizu-García CE, Caraballo JN, Caraballo-Correa G, Hernández-Viver A, Román-Badenas L. Assessing need for medication-assisted treatment for opiate-dependent prison inmates. Subst Abus. 2012; 33(1):60-9. PMID: 22263714.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Peña-Orellana M, Hernández-Viver A, Caraballo-Correa G, Albizu-García CE. Prevalence of HCV risk behaviors among prison inmates: tattooing and injection drug use. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Aug; 22(3):962-82. PMID: 21841290.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Albizu-García CE, Hernández-Viver A, Feal J, Rodríguez-Orengo JF. Characteristics of inmates witnessing overdose events in prison: implications for prevention in the correctional setting. Harm Reduct J. 2009 Jul 09; 6:15. PMID: 19589157.
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    16. Rivera-Lugo M, Parrilla-Rodríguez AM, Dávila-Torres RR, Albizu-García C, Rios-Motta R. Full breastfeeding during the postpartum hospitalization and mothers' report regarding baby friendly practices. Breastfeed Med. 2007 Mar; 2(1):19-26. PMID: 17661616.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Albizu-García CE, Ríos R, Juarbe D, Alegría M. Provider turnover in public sector managed mental health care. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2004 Jul-Sep; 31(3):255-65. PMID: 15263865.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Santiago-Negrón S, Albizu-García CE. [War on Drugs or War against Health? The pitfalls for public health of Puerto Rican drug policy]. P R Health Sci J. 2003 Mar; 22(1):49-59. PMID: 12733445.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
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