National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
As we start 2013, many of us will make New Year's Resolutions to get
healthy; stop bad habits or start good ones. In thinking about getting
healthy, don't overlook the importance of financial health. The
National Resource Center offers tools to assess and improve financial
health for you and the families you serve. Check out our Economic Self-Sufficiency page.
In addition to information regarding Assets for Independence (AFI), our Asset Building
section also includes links to websites like MyMoney.gov, a website
that organizes financial education help from over 20 different Federal
websites in one place. The site is organized by where you are in life
("Life Events"), who you are ("My Resources"), and by specific hands-on
tools ("Tools"). So whether the goal is to help your clients better
manage household expenses or plan for your own retirement, the Resource
Center can connect you to the tools and information you need to get
Happy New Year!
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
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Getting to knowing a partner well and finding common ground are part of the process of building intimacy in a relationship. Knowing about a partner's financial management
(spending and saving choices and patterns) is critical. Finances also
change with marital commitment. There's more need to share
decision-making. If both partners work, there's more household income.
- Try these conversation starters to help others talk through
these patterns and changes: How did you manage your money in your past
relationships? Is that the same or different from how you manage money
when you're on your own? How did [your partner] manage money in past
relationships? What's the same (or different) in this relationship?
How can you manage to share with [your partner] what you just told me?
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 500 free materials in a variety of formats -
including factsheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets,
training resources, program reports or evaluations, and research
Click the link below to view our featured February resource:
- This month, the Resource Center is convening an Alabama Integration Institute
– a one day training event for public health social workers and other
service providers across the State of Alabama. Attendees will have an
opportunity to share information regarding their agencies’ current
efforts to promote relationship skills; participate in facilitated
discussions regarding healthy marriage and relationship education skills
and integration strategies; and engage in consensus building and action
planning activities. This event is by invitation only. However, if you
would like more information on upcoming institutes or to organize an
event in your state or area, please contact us.
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
supports safety-net service providers as they integrate healthy marriage
and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part
of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach
designed to promote self-sufficiency.