Family Spirit Training For Traditional Health Workers
We are proud of NARA staff that completed the week-long, intensive Family Spirit Training through the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Our trainers (pictured right): Marisa Begay, Karla Decker Sorby and Crystal Kee traveled from Minnesota and Arizona to guide trainees in the use of this intervention. Family Spirit is the first ever evidence-based, culturally tailored home-visiting program designed by and for American Indians. The vision of this unique program is “to empower families to promote healthy development and positive lifestyles for mothers and their young children across the lifespan.”
The Family Spirit Program is an educational tool divided into short, digestible lessons that cover everything from diapering to budgeting and beyond. Those lessons will be regularly shared by our staff to provide support to parents prenatally until the child reaches age 3. Studies show that the program can lead to: increased parenting knowledge and involvement; decreased maternal depression; increased home safety; decreased emotional and behavioral problems of mothers; and decreased emotional and behavioral problems of children. We are excited to begin using this tool to expand the services we provide to pregnant women and those with very young children. The program is currently in development as we tailor the program to fit NARA’s integrated care model.