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Adapting a Best Practice Program to Reach Latino Families. Washington State University Extension Diana Castro and Ann Diede. Best Practice Model. Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 Years

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adapting a best practice program to reach latino families

Adapting a Best Practice Program to Reach Latino Families

Washington State University Extension

Diana Castro and Ann Diede

2006 Prevention Summit

best practice model
Best Practice Model
  • Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 Years
  • Developed in Iowa, studied original cohort intensively. 113 families mostly rural, mostly white in program, similar controls matched. Famous for its research base.
  • Imported to Washington State in 1999.

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implementation of the strengthening families program
Implementation of the Strengthening Families Program
  • Began on a pilot basis by WSU Extension in 1999.
  • By the end of 1999, two WSU Faculty had completed training as trainers and began to offer training across the state to WSU Extension and its partners.
  • Found that community based trainings were the most effective in establishing the model as one that could be implemented.

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statewide efforts
Statewide Efforts
  • Early efforts focused on training, implementation and tracking WSU efforts and partners at the local level.
  • Establishing a statewide evaluation system was a significant achievement.
  • Early data gathering showed significant gains in the participants.

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2154 parents caregivers and youth in 17 counties served by wsu trained facilitators
2154 parents/caregivers and youth in 17 counties served by WSU trained facilitators

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statewide interagency effort
Statewide Interagency Effort
  • WSU Extension led the effort to create an Interagency Team that would support implementation and statewide evaluation effort.
  • Team created in 2003 as an Advisory Group.
  • First recommendation: Bring the Spanish program to Washington!

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initiation of spanish program
Initiation of Spanish Program
  • By 2002, need for Spanish program was obvious.
  • Advisory Group affirmed the need.
  • Pan American Health Organization Spanish version was developed in 2003 in cooperation with the program developers.
  • WSU sponsored a training for Spanish program in February 2004. Eight (8) teams were trained to conduct the program in Spanish.

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spanish program development strategies
Spanish Program Development Strategies
  • Unanimous support from internal and external partners for expansion to underserved Latino families.
  • WSU Extension resources were available at a critical time that allowed for both facilitator training and to develop “in-house” trainers for Spanish program.
  • Put our resources into training, team development and curriculum improvements to support local programs.

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curriculum
Curriculum
  • User Friendly
  • Readable
  • Easy to follow
  • Schedule
    • Allowing extra time
  • Materials
    • English/Spanish

Bilingual

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program delivery strategies
Program Delivery Strategies
  • Hold programs in places where families feel safe
  • Facilitators are connected to other services
  • Trusting relationships
  • Partnerships
  • Provide a meal

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recruitment
Recruitment
  • Families
    • Human Service Providers
    • Schools
    • Churches
    • Local Community Agencies
  • Facilitators
    • Connected to families by other community programs
    • Bilingual
    • Program Leader (Coordinator)
    • Session Leader

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programs in action
Programs in Action

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keys to success
Keys to Success
  • Recruit and train bi-lingual Latino facilitators to deliver the program
  • Develop and adapt program materials to meet facilitator, parent and youth needs
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with program partners
  • Be willing to make program adaptations based on cultural values and needs
  • Partnerships with community agencies

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when you don t speak spanish
When You Don’t Speak Spanish
  • Learn about the Latino culture
  • Get to know Latinos on an personal level
  • Examine your personal attitudes and beliefs about working with Latinos and illegal immigrants
  • Get acquainted with staff of programs serving Latino families and youth in your community

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go the extra mile
Go the Extra Mile
  • Attend as many program sessions as possible to provide support for facilitators and establish a relationship with Latino family participants
  • Treat Latino facilitators as colleagues and valued members of your Extension teaching team
  • Make yourself available and willing to put in extra time and effort

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strengthening families program works
Strengthening Families Program Works
  • Washington evaluation data show significant improvements from pretest to posttest.
  • Overall, parents report significant improvement in:
    • Rules About Substance Use
    • Positive Involvement With Youth
    • Family Harmony
    • Communication With Youth

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parent changes from pre to post
Parent Changes from Pre to Post

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spanish language evaluation
Spanish Language Evaluation
  • We have translated the evaluation into Spanish and use it for the Spanish-language programs
  • Latino parents report significant changes from before to after the program
  • Evaluation results reported by Latino parents/caregivers are equivalent to those reported by non-Latino parents/caregivers

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future research
Future Research
  • Our statewide evaluation data helped us to get research funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Our next proposals for grants include:
    • Explore differences in responses to evaluation
    • Demonstrate effectiveness of Spanish-language program in large-scale longitudinal study

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in summary
In Summary…
  • Build partnerships that facilitate access to families and create structures for shared evaluation
  • Invest in building capacity, including qualified trainers and culturally appropriate curricula
  • Connect with “cultural guides” at state and local levels to advise on program design and delivery

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for more information
For More Information

Visit our website:

http://sfp.wsu.edu/

Order Spanish Teaching Manuals

& Magnets from:

WSU Extension Publications

Phone: (509) 335-2857

Toll-free: (800) 723-1763E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://pubs.wsu.edu

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