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2 Welcome! Adapting a Best Practice Program to Reach Latino Families. Your presenters are: Diana Castro, Program Assistant, Washington State University Linda Becker, Prevention Research Manager, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Ivón Urquilla, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Fellow, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

3 Objectives Fortaleciendo Familias Overview Washington State Experience Challenges Training Research and Evaluation Recent findings and future plans

4 Best Practice Model Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 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.

5 Recognized by federal agencies National 4H Headquarters & Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Substance Abuse & Metal Health Services Administration National Institute on Drug Abuse US Department of Education Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

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

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9 Video Clips Parent Session 1, Love and Limits Youth Session 6, Dealing with Peer Pressure and Friends

10 Implementing of the Program Securing Funding Location Facilitators Scheduling Recruitment Meals or Snacks Childcare Transportation Incentives Registration and Fees Certificates Evaluation

11 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 Fidelity, but there are areas where adaptations can be made Partnerships with community agencies

12 When You Don’t Speak Spanish Learn about the Latino culture Get to know Latinos on a personal level Examine your personal attitudes and beliefs about working with Latinos and immigrants Get acquainted with staff of programs serving Latino families and youth in your community

13 Go the Extra Mile Attend as many of the 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

14 Training Training is required in order to be certified to teach the SFP Training helps to ensure program fidelity Facilitators learn the content of the program, evaluation and goals

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16 Training within Washington State For information about training within Washington State contact: Drew Betz (360) Professional training by experienced Strengthening Families Program trainers is required in order to be certified to teach the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth (SFP 10-14).

17 Training Outside of Washington State Agency staff are able to become certified as SFP facilitators and trainers. For information about training availability, fees, and scheduling contact outside of Washington State: Catherine Webb 2625 N Loop 500 Ames, IA

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19 Evaluation Evaluation is about learning from our experience For instance: Are we achieving the expected outcomes? Does the program work in this setting? Are we implementing the program with fidelity?

20 Spanish Language Evaluation We have translated the evaluation into Spanish and use it for the Spanish-language programs Latino parents report significant changes by the end of the program

21 Participation Latino – 15% American Indian – 6% White – 51% Other – 5% Unknown – 24%

22 Here is the breakdown by numbers

23 Program Outcomes Change from before the program to after (pre-post) is “significant” on all measures These changes are the same (for statistical purposes) for the three major groups

24 Parent changes

25 Youth changes

26 Substance use for 208 kids 13-15

27 Future Research Measure costs of programs to establish cost versus benefits Explore relationships between outcomes and fidelity Demonstrate effectiveness of Spanish-language program in large- scale longitudinal study

28 Website WSU Extension Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth homepage:

29 How to order Manuals, Magnets & Brochures (English & Spanish) WSU Extension Publications Phone: (509) Toll-free: (800) Website: Videotapes English Iowa State University Phone: (515) Website: Videotapes Spanish Youth and Family Consulting Phone: (515)

30 For More Information For information about Research on Strengthening Families Program Laura Griner Hill (509) Linda Becker Prevention Research Manager DASA (360) Visit our website: For general information about Strengthening Families Program Diana Castro Program Assistant, WSU (360) Ext. 684 Ivón Urquilla CSAP Fellow DASA (360)

31 Enjoy the rest of the conference! Thank you for coming!


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