Hispanics and Family-Strengthening Programs: Cultural Strategies to Enhance Program Participation
The Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative (HHMI) Grantee Implementation Evaluation (2007 to 2013) project provided a comprehensive process and output evaluation of selected ACF Healthy Marriage grantees that serve Hispanic families, addressing a key programmatic question of the HHMI: How are healthy marriage programs being implemented in order to provide services for Hispanic families? The implementation analysis revealed lessons learned that may offer assistance to other sites wishing to provide healthy marriage education services to Hispanic populations.
Hispanics and Family-Strengthening Programs: Cultural Strategies to Enhance Program Participation describes the adaptations and refinements undertaken by study sites to make their services more culturally responsive to address the backgrounds and life circumstances of people of different cultural, racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds. The adaptations included addressing issues of language, diversity, racism, and immigration, and incorporating cultural constructs like familismo, confianza, personalismo, and respeto. These adaptations were made to improve the recruitment, retention, overall participation, and effectiveness of the programs. The study was not designed to examine the overall efficacy of these adaptations, but rather to document them. (Edited source summary)
See the other briefs from this project:
- Addressing Domestic Violence in Hispanic Healthy Relationship Programs
- Understanding Hispanic Diversity: A “One Size Approach” to Service Delivery May Not Fit All
- Marketing, Recruitment and Retention Strategies
- Providing culturally relevant services: Programs in the Hispanic Health Marriage Initiative Implementation Evaluation