Project LEAP

Project LEAP (Linkage, Education, and Prevention) is a five-year SAMHSA funded project that is a collaboration between the Addiction Prevention Coalition and UAB Medicine’s, Dr. Ellen Eaton.

Project LEAP works with young adults between the ages of 14-24 that may or may not be at risk of a substance use disorder or contracting HIV through substance use to learn more about their substance use over the past thirty days, how they perceive risks and their attitudes towards certain substances.

Ashley Loftis, who is the LEAP Prevention Navigator, works with participants to provide additional connections to resources or education on substance use disorders and HIV. Participants take three surveys over a ninety-day period, and they make a total of $60 in gift card incentives during that time. The data collected is used to inform the Addiction Prevention Coalition and UAB Medicine about commonly used substances among young adults, attitudes, and perceived risk. The data collected informs and guides substance use prevention efforts in the area.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 who lives in the state of Alabama is allowed to participate. Parents are not notified about your participation and parental consent is not required.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, contact Ashley Loftis – HERE

Resources in the area:

Birmingham AIDS Outreach:

AIDS Alabama:


1917 Clinic:

Not from Birmingham? Search here for HIV testing in your area:

Adolescent SUD Clinic and link to other clinics at Children’s Hospital to get tested for STIs and HIV:

Link to Family Clinic:

Take the initial screening survey below to see if you are eligible


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