AUC Students and Colleagues Lead Study on Substance Use in Sint Maarten
AUC students participated in a data collection event on July 8 and 9 in collaboration with the Turning Point Foundation, a drug rehabilitation facility in Sint Maarten. The purpose of this study was to conduct a rapid appraisal of substance use on island. Outcomes will be used to provide pilot data for a larger population-based study for the future.
The primary investigator, Dr. Dipali Rinker, along with Dr. Tasheena Thomas, Turning Point Foundation executive director, and colleagues coordinated efforts to collect data in vulnerable communities in Sint Maarten. AUC students were trained to gain participant consent and conduct the interviews. This study was funded by a grant from the Scholarly Activities and Research Committee awarded to Dr. Rinker.