SHARE is a peer mentoring program that seeks to reduce negative health outcomes associated with dangerous drinking and substance abuse among members of at-risk groups including veterans, Latinos, and LGBTQIA students.
The Sexual Health Assessment and Risk Education (SHARE) program focuses on reducing negative health outcomes for members of two high-risk populations: LGBTQIA young adults and veterans. SHARE, and its sister program, The Bienestar Coalition, have received over 1.5 million dollars in federal funding in the last four years for evidence-based interventions and research aiming to better understand the links among health communication, substance use, and sexual health risk behaviors. SHARE currently sponsors the Veterans Guiding Veterans and SHARE Pride peer mentoring programs at Texas State, which deliver education, training, and services to increase communication about health risk behaviors among members of these communities.
“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
Dr. Melinda Villagran, professor of Communication Studies, is the Principal Investigator of the SHARE grant. Ms. Marsha Burney, Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies, leads the SHARE Pride peer mentoring program. Lt Col (retired) Paul Villagran, lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, leads the Veteran Guiding Veterans peer mentoring 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.