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National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
Issue 10
May 2015
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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.

Best regards,

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.

Featured Resources

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 research materials.

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 events include:

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.

Special Announcement:
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 proposal.

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Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: 90FH0002. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.