San Antonio Express-News (04.19.12) - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"Proyecto Saber y Salud" ("Project Knowledge and Health") is a
new peer-to-peer sex education program being launched by San
Antonio's Palo Alto College with funding from the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The
outreach is geared mainly toward minority students - a group
disproportionately impacted by HIV, hepatitis C, and substance
"[Researchers] found substance abuse and these chronic STDs
are some of the leading causes of the 18-24 year-old age group
dropping out of college," said Timmy Ivory, a program peer
counselor. "If we can give them information, it gives them a
better chance of completing at least a community college
The $85,000 SAMHSA grant will fund paid peer counselors,
monthly workshops, and similar events, as well as underwrite
on-campus STD testing conducted by partner health agencies.
Palo Alto's website will feature a virtual health information
center for students.
"What research has found is that the students were more
receptive to hearing from students," Ivory said.