Familias Unidas Borchure - final- 2016-3-23

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Familias Unidas Borchure - final- 2016-3-23

  1. 1. Familias Unidas An Evidence-Based Preventive Intervention for Hispanic Youth and their Families FAMILIAS UNIDAS
  2. 2. What is Familias Unidas? DEVELOPED IN MIAMI. IMPLEMENTED AROUND THE WORLD. Familias Unidas is a family-centered, evidence-based substance use and sexual risk behavior prevention intervention for Hispanic youth and their families. It was developed by Drs. Hilda Pantin and Guillermo Prado at the University of Miami’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Familias Unidas is a multi-level intervention that targets risk (e.g., poor adolescent communication) and protective factors (e.g., parental involvement) at the family, peer, and school level. Familias Unidas has been implemented in several cities across the U.S., and is currently being implemented in Ecuador and Chile. Familias Unidas is being adapted for use on the internet, for obesity prevention, delivery in primary care settings and expanded roll-out in Latin America. Familias Unidas targets multiple problem behaviors among youth in schools, community organizations and the juvenile justice system. Hispanic youth in Familias Unidas report: What is the evidence? Familias Unidas: An Evidence-Based Intervention Drug Use 28% Less 38% Less 50% Less 60% Less 88% Less Depressive Symptoms Alcohol Dependence Unprotected Sex Cigarette Use AnEvidence-Based Intervention with Impact
  3. 3. 3 Program Components The multi-parent groups meet in 2-hour sessions. Each group has 12 to 15 parents with at least one parent from each participating family. Group discussions aim to increase The intervention, led by a trained facilitator and co- facilitator, is delivered primarily through eight multi-parent groups and four family sessions that aim to develop effective parenting skills. Facilitators should speak Spanish and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Facilitators are taught important engagement and joining skills that optimize program participation. Furthermore, facilitators are trained on how to use a participatory process to deliver program content, including how to help parents communicate. Fidelity evaluations are conducted by our team through the use of observational fidelity measures. These measures help to identify and rate core prescribed intervention components delivered by the facilitator. Additionally, supervision guidance is provided to the site clinical supervisor throughout the course of intervention delivery. This includes clinical discussion, troubleshooting of cases, and review of intervention fidelity. The facilitator The sessions High engagement rates Built-in evaluation parents’ understanding of their role in protecting their adolescent from risky behaviors, such as substance use and unsafe sexual behavior, and to facilitate parental investment in the adolescent’s worlds. Additionally, four one- hour family sessions are guided by a facilitator and provide parents with an opportunity to apply the skills learned in the group sessions with their adolescent. www.familias-unidas.info
  4. 4. Familias Unidas is ranked in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices among the highest (3.9 on a 0-4 scale) on strength of evidence of research quality. Familias Unidas is also listed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Behavioral Interventions. Additionally, the Institute of Medicine cited Familias Unidas as one of few preventive interventions that has been found to be efficacious in preventing both drug use and HIV sexual risk behaviors among Hispanics. Endorsements and Recognitions ENDORSED BY A RANGE OF RESPECTED AND PRESTIGIOUS SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS 4 Familias Unidas has been recognized as a promising program by the highly prestigious Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development registry of evidence-based interventions. Drs. Hilda Pantin and Guillermo Prado, the developers of Familias Unidas, have been recognized by the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, the Society for Prevention Research and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for their work with the Familias Unidas intervention. www.familias-unidas.info
  5. 5. Familias Unidas originated 15 years ago as an intervention to address conduct problems among Hispanic youth. The Familias Unidas Preventive Intervention is guided by ecodevelopmental theory, which proposes that adolescent behavior is affected by a multiplicity of risk and protective processes operating at different levels (i.e., within family, within peer network, and beyond), often with compounding effects. What’s the context and history? 5 For example, parental monitoring may affect processes such as adolescent behavioral regulation which is directly tied to adolescent substance use. The program is influenced by culturally specific models developed for Hispanic populations. Familias Unidas helps to address the persistent health disparities present in substance use and sexual risk behaviors among Hispanic adolescents. www.familias-unidas.info
  6. 6. Testimonials OUR LIFE WAS VERY DIFFERENT BEFORE FAMILIAS UNIDAS. I WOULD EXTREMELY RECOMMEND THIS PROGRAM TO OTHER KIDS, BECAUSE IT HELPS YOU INTERACT WITH YOUR FAMILY A LOT BETTER. WE ARE PROUD OF THE WORK WE’VE DONE SO FAR, BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE WE CAN DO... FOR INSTANCE, WE ARE WORKING ON EXPANDING THE REACH OF THE PROGRAM THROUGH MOBILE DEVICES.” FAMILIAS UNIDAS IS ONE OF FEW PROGRAMS IN THE US THAT HAS TARGETED THE WAY THAT FAMILIES COMMUNICATE AND ALSO RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIORS AND DRUG USE AMONG HISPANIC ADOLESCENTS. AS A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, I SEE THE BENEFITS OF FAMILIAS UNIDAS, AND I’M VERY THANKFUL. IT HAS BEEN VERY POSITIVE. YES, I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND FAMILIAS UNIDAS TO EVERY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. FAMILIAS UNIDAS DID BENEFIT OUR FAMILY A LOT SINCE THERE IS MORE COMMUNICATION NOW. I WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND IT TO OTHER FAMILIES. I THINK IT WOULD BE A VERY, VERY GOOD IDEA IF SCHOOLS BECAME MORE INVOLVED IN LETTING THE PROGRAM REACH AS MANY PARENTS AS POSSIBLE. THE GOAL, OF COURSE, IS TO – IN THE FUTURE – HAVE THIS PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO ALL FAMILIES IN NEED IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT LATIN AMERICA. “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ Lidice Hernandez, Participating Mother Brandon Raymond, Participating Youth Dr. Hilda Pantin, Familias Unidas Program Developer Maria Tapia, Familias Unidas Clinical Trainer Elio Falcon, Jr., Principal, Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School Lidiana Baster, Participating Mother Dr. Guillermo Prado, Familias Unidas Program Developer WHAT DO THE PROGRAM’S LEADERS SAY? 6 “ www.familias-unidas.info “
  7. 7. Please contact Yannine Estrada, Ph.D., at yestrada@miami.edu or 305-243-6614 to learn more and inquire about licensing the Familias Unidas program. Please visit our Web site at www.familias-unidas.info. More information 7www.familias-unidas.info
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