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Adapting a Best Practice Program to Reach Latino Families

Washington State University Extension

Diana Castro and Ann Diede

2006 Prevention Summit

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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

  • 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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WSU Extension 426 facilitators trained statewide

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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

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Statewide Interagency Effort WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitatorsDevelopment 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 WSU trained facilitators

  • User Friendly

  • Readable

  • Easy to follow

  • Schedule

    • Allowing extra time

  • Materials

    • English/Spanish


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Program Delivery Strategies WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitators

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Keys to Success WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitators 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 WSU trained facilitators

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Spanish Language Evaluation WSU trained facilitators

  • 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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Latino Parent Changes from Pre to Post WSU trained facilitators

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Future Research WSU trained facilitators

  • 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… WSU trained facilitators

  • 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 WSU trained facilitators

Visit our website:

Order Spanish Teaching Manuals

& Magnets from:

WSU Extension Publications

Phone: (509) 335-2857

Toll-free: (800) 723-1763E-mail:


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