National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
As the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers,"
which makes May a perfect time of year to focus on diversity. Much like
the vast array of spring blooms we see all around us, our communities
are filled with individuals and families representing diverse cultural,
racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. This diversity enriches our
community and offers opportunities to expand our own worldview. Learning
to provide culturally competent services to families is important for
service providers who may serve families different from their own. We
hope the following tips and resources will be helpful to you in your
efforts to more effectively serve culturally diverse populations.
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Visit the Resource Center's Fostering Cultural Competency
web page to learn more about the following tips and resources around
cultural competency and healthy marriage and relationship education.
Tips for discussing healthy relationship skills in a culturally appropriate way:
- Avoid assumptions about a particular cultural group.
- Do not assume that, because a client can speak English
well, they are able to read it and vice versa. Ask if they need
assistance and try to avoid relying on other family members, especially
children, to provide translation services.
- Adjust service delivery to fit the needs of your clients.
For example, if you serve a largely Muslim population, avoid scheduling
Friday afternoon appointments.
- Educate yourself about the population you serve and ask respectful questions to better understand your clients.
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 900 materials in a variety of formats
including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures,
pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and
Select the links below to view our featured May resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national,
regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
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
Responding to public comments, a new set of Healthy Marriage and
Responsible Fatherhood performance measures have been proposed (an
additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset
of grantees have also been proposed). Please see a short overview at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/23/2015-06534/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request.
This Notice has information on how to request a document containing all
proposed measures, as well as information on how to comment on the