CLaRO is a National Institutes of Health U54 Specialized Center that spans two institutions in Miami-Dade County, Florida: the University of Miami and Florida International University. Specifically, this Center is funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (#U54MD002266). CLaRO is led by Principal Investigators Dr. Victoria Behar-Zusman (University of Miami) and Dr. Mario De La Rosa (Florida International University).
The activities of CLaRO are conducted under the unifying theme of addressing substance abuse, violence/trauma and HIV/AIDS (SAVA) syndemic conditions affecting Latino populations. The Center aims to develop interventions targeting a range of vulnerable Latino subgroups, including seasonal farmworkers, sexual/gender minorities, and youth.
CLaRO continues and expands the health disparities research of two NIMHD Centers of Excellence, respectively housed within the University of Miami and Florida International University.