Boston, Mass. – North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Dr. Hort­ensia Amaro was hon­ored by the Human Resources Devel­op­ment Insti­tute (HRDI) for her courage, vision and deter­mi­na­tion to open sub­stance abuse pro­grams in the greater Boston area to raise mem­bers of the com­mu­nity from the depths of addic­tion to the height of recovery. Dr. Amaro received the Founders Day Award during HRDI’s first annual Founders Day recep­tion and fundraiser.

In the end, what is most impor­tant in the research that we con­duct, is that our dis­cov­eries about effec­tive treat­ment are found to be valu­able and useful among com­mu­nity providers,” said Dr. Amaro, Director of North­eastern University’s Insti­tute on Urban Health Research. “This recog­ni­tion is espe­cially mean­ingful to me because it comes from a ded­i­cated and expe­ri­enced group of practitioners.”

In addi­tion to her involve­ment with sev­eral other urban health research projects, Dr. Amaro founded Entra Familia, a res­i­den­tial treat­ment pro­gram for Latino women and chil­dren, the Mom’s Project, a community-​​based inter­ven­tion pro­gram for drug-​​addicted preg­nant women and the Boston Con­sor­tium of Ser­vices for Fam­i­lies in Recovery, an inno­v­a­tive pro­gram inte­grating the delivery of social ser­vices with treat­ment for mental health, sub­stance abuse dis­or­ders and trauma.

Dr. Amaro’s research focuses on public health epi­demi­ology, pre­ven­tion and inter­ven­tion in the areas of sub­stance abuse, HIV/​AIDS, mental ill­ness and inter-​​personal vio­lence. Over the last 25 years, her work has focused on improving the con­nec­tions between public health research and public health prac­tice. She has been the prin­cipal inves­ti­gator of dozens of fed­er­ally funded grants and has most recently exam­ined ques­tions related to the effi­cacy of inte­grated sub­stance abuse, mental health and trauma treat­ment; fac­tors asso­ci­ated with alcohol and drug use among col­lege stu­dents and appli­ca­tion of evi­dence based models in com­mu­nity set­tings. She has pub­lished more than 100 arti­cles on these topics.

We selected Dr. Amaro as the recip­ient of the Founders Day Award because of her courage, per­sis­tence and com­mit­ment to fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties suf­fering from sub­stance use dis­order, trauma, HIV/​AIDS and other per­sonal chal­lenges they face,” said Leah Ran­dolph, Pro­gram Man­ager of HRDI of Massachusetts.

The Human Resources Devel­op­ment Insti­tute is a community-​​based behav­ioral health and human ser­vices orga­ni­za­tion. The non-​​profit agency was founded in 1974 by a group of com­mu­nity health advo­cates on the South Side of Chicago con­cerned with mental health and sub­stance abuse prob­lems plaguing their com­mu­ni­ties. Today, HRDI is a leading provider of behav­ioral and com­mu­nity health­care ser­vices in Illi­nois, serving nearly 15,000 clients annu­ally and offering more than 40 pro­grams at more than 20 sites throughout Chicago, Mis­sis­sippi, Alabama, Nevada and Penn­syl­vania. HRDI pro­vides ser­vices in mental health, alcohol and sub­stance abuse, com­mu­nity health and com­pre­hen­sive case man­age­ment, pre­ven­tion and edu­ca­tion, crim­inal jus­tice, edu­ca­tional and chil­dren and family services.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.