National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
On August 28, 2013, tens of thousands of citizens from across the
country converged on Washington, DC to commemorate the historic March for Jobs and Freedom
50 years earlier on August 28, 1963 in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
orated his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of 250,000 who
marched for freedom from oppression and access to equal employment.
Standing on the Lincoln Memorial steps as Dr. King had done 50 years
before, President Obama addressed the crowd reflecting on significant
progress such as the civil rights laws while acknowledging there is
still more progress to be made towards economic opportunity.
Low income and culturally diverse populations still struggle to
access needed services and employment opportunities to assist them in
moving to self-sufficiency and realizing the American dream. The
resources below address some of the challenges faced by these families;
highlight nuances within various cultures that can affect service
delivery; and offer guidance for better serving diverse families. The
resources also offer strategies for promoting culturally appropriate
relationship education skills as part of a holistic approach to
We hope these resources will be helpful to you as you work to assist
families in overcoming barriers to success. If you are aware of other
free resources that may be beneficial to those who serve culturally
diverse populations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
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Identifying shared values and goals helps bind couples together and focus their relationship in a common direction. Values
are personal standards for how an individual wants to live; they might
include following cultural traditions (e.g., sweat lodge, midnight Mass
at Christmas). Goals are desires that are specific and attainable
with planning, such as moving in or out of a neighborhood, celebrating a
holiday the same way each year, starting a savings plan, or buying a
Try one of these conversation starters to help those you serve explore shared values and goals:
- What are some things you both want to see happen in the next month? What makes those things important to you?
- What are some traditions that you repeat each year?
(Prompts: like going to bed after midnight for New Year’s or celebrating
Thanksgiving with a ham or at a Chinese food restaurant?)
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 500 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 September resources:
- Working with African American individuals, couples, and families: A toolkit for stakeholders (Toolkit)
This new toolkit from the National Resource Center for Healthy
Marriage and Families uses a backdrop of significant historical events
as a foundation for understanding perspectives, improving communication,
and strengthening relationships with those in the African American
community. This toolkit is grounded in current research and draws on the
experience of practitioners to provide practical suggestions for
engaging and serving this population, particularly for incorporating
healthy marriage and relationship education skills into service delivery
systems as part of a comprehensive family-centered approach to
- Working with Latino individuals, couples, and families: A toolkit for stakeholders (Toolkit)
This toolkit is designed to help stakeholders—including
administrators, supervisors, and safety-net service providers—around the
country better serve Latino families, couples, and individuals. This
toolkit will help service providers acquire cultural competence and
covers important topics in the research literature with input from
experts in the field. Each chapter highlights program development and
implementation recommendations, including case studies with discussion
- Considering culture when integrating healthy marriage education skills (Tip Sheet)
This tip sheet provides information for safety-net service
providers on culturally appropriate ways to integrate healthy marriage
and relationship education concepts and skills into services so that
clients are more likely to be receptive to the messages provided.
- Cultural collisions: Addressing service implications of the balance of power in immigrant families (Tip Sheet)
This tip sheet explores ways that safety-net service providers can
meet the diverse needs of immigrant families while respecting
traditional cultural roles.
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 self-sufficiency.