Latinos are expected to reach one quarter of the U.S population by the year 2050, and youth are at a disproportionate risk for negative behavioral health outcomes such as substance use and alcoholism. The rates of substance use among this population (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018) places them at a greater risk for engaging in unsafe sexual practices linked to Human Immunodeficiency viruses (HIV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and sexually transmitted infections. With this knowledge, researchers have developed a behavioral health intervention that focuses on culturally based risk factors within the Latino community.
The training track Familia Adelante: Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino/Hispanic Youth and Families (FA) is a multi-risk prevention program that addresses the impact of acculturative stress on Latino communities and equips Latino-serving organizations with a psychoeducational curriculum that helps Latino families prevent and manage negative behavioral outcomes associated with stress exposure. The curriculum, 12 sessions in length, educates high-risk Latino youth, ages 10-14 and their families in family and peer communication, substance misuse prevention, HIV knowledge and awareness, perceptions of harm about high- risk behavior, and positive school engagement and behavior. This is not a treatment program, but rather a family development model for youth who have early signs of either behavioral or emotional problems. The FA intervention is administered to youth and parents concurrently but separately in a group format.
Who can participate?
Organizations may propose a team of three to five members. Strong preference will be given to Latino/Hispanic-serving organizations that can provide an organizational leader (ex.supervisor), as well as consumer peer advocate(s), bilingual paraprofessionals, including Promotoras, and/or bilingual clinicians working with a behavioral health team. Participants should have at least 2 years of experience providing some form of family, youth, social or behavioral health services. Knowledge of Evidence Based Programs/Practices among team members is also preferred.
Questions to consider before applying for Familia Adelante
- Is there a need to augment services for high risk Latino youth (those with early signs of behavioral or emotional issues)?
- Does my organization have access to middle school age youth 10-14?
- Can my organization commit staff and other resources to implement this 12 week, curriculum based model?
- Can this program be sustained by the organization? Does my organization have a relationship with a potential funder for FA? Please refer to the readiness checklist below for more details on sustaining the program.
Are you ready to implement the Familia Adelante program?
Prior to filling out the application, please review the Implementation Readiness Checklist (pdf) to learn more about what is required to implement this 12-week program.
What is required of participants?
Recognizing that it takes more than a 2½-day training to implement new programs, SAMHSA requests that participating NNED member teams commit to the full NNEDLearn 2020 training model which includes Prepare; Learn; Implement
Objectives and expectations for each NNEDLearn stage for FA are as follows:
The first stage of NNEDLearn involves preparing the NNED member team for the Learn stage (onsite training), and requires that team members:
- Participate in two pre-meeting webinars (dates listed below).
- Complete assignments as requested by trainer, such as a readiness checklist and pre-meeting training content material.
From March 8 – 11, 2020, teams will attend a 2½-day training at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
Participants will learn:
- The risk and protective factors in the Latino community that are related to substance use and other behavioral problems.
- The underlying stress theory and research that is the basis for FA.
- How to implement the FA 12-week youth and parent curricula.
- How to develop a plan for site-specific FA implementation, supervision, fidelity monitoring, and outcome evaluation.
After the Learn stage (onsite training), all FA teams will receive ongoing coaching to help support uptake of the practice. Team members will:
- Participate in four 1- hour group coaching sessions with the trainer (dates listed below).
- Participate regularly in the online discussion forum.
- Complete implementation reporting assignments.
NNEDLearn teams are expected to pursue efforts to sustain the practice and to demonstrate outcome and impact as appropriate. Teams will have the opportunity to:
- Continue involvement with the NNED and maintain connections with other community-based organizations working with FA.
Richard Cervantes, Ph.D., Director, Behavioral Assessment, Inc.
Prepare Webinar One:
- February 11, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Prepare Webinar Two:
- February 18, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Learn Stage (Onsite Training):
- Sunday-Wednesday, March 8 – 11, 2020 (Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico)
Implement Coaching Sessions: Four 1-hour coaching sessions:
- May 18, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
- June 15, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
- July 20, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
- August 17, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Email NNEDLearn@nnedlearn.net for any questions related to NNEDLearn 2020.