SHARE is a peer-to-peer health risk prevention program seeking to reduce negative health outcomes associated with dangerous drinking and substance abuse among members of at-risk groups including veterans, Latinos, and LGBTQIA students at Texas State.
Since 2013, Dr. Melinda Villagran has been funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to work with community and campus partners to deliver evidence-based interventions and research to reduce the incidence of alcohol and substance abuse leading to sexual health risk behaviors. SHARE has sponsored Veterans Guiding Veterans, SHARE Pride, and PartySafe, all programs designed to deliver peer-to-peer health education, training, and HIV testing services to students between the ages of 18-24 at Texas State. We seek to increase communication about health risk behaviors among members of these communities to decrease the number of students at risk for HIV/AIDS and HCV infections.
“Our SHARE peer mentors seek to reduce the negative health consequences of substance use among young adults in our community..” - Melinda Villagran, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Ms. Abbi Mott is the Senior Grant Specialist leading the SHARE team's programming activities. Ms. Marsha Burney, lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies, leads SHARE Pride for LGBTQIA students, and Lt. Col (retired) Paul Villagran, lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, leads the Veteran Guiding Veterans program. SHARE's community partners include SM Nightlife, and their our popular establishments on the San Marcos Square including Stonewall Warehouse, Black Rabbit Saloon, Shade Rooftop and The Barfish Lounge.