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Healthy Marriage in Culturally and Racially Diverse Populations

Since 2002, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has provided substantial funding for healthy marriage and relationship programs, research and demonstrations. Prior to 2002, these programs were designed for—and have mostly served—white, middle-class, educated couples who were engaged or already married. The new ACF-funded programs are now reaching out to serve African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, refugees and immigrants from many different cultures. This discussion will focus on what is being learned about how these programs need to be designed, and curricula adapted, to be relevant to ethnically, racially and culturally diverse populations.

This is the third of three events being held in cooperation with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Child Trends, Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Panelists include ACF officials, the founders/directors of the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative and the Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative, and five of the nation’s experts in adapting healthy relationship and marriage programs to effectively meet the needs of African American, Hispanic and Native Americans.

Speakers and panelists will take questions from the audience


Welcome and Introduction


Panel 1: Cultural Competence


Diann Dawson

Director of Regional Operations and Co-Lead of the African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, Administration for Children and Families


Frank Fuentes

Deputy Director of the Office of Head Start and National Director of the Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative, Administration for Children and Families

Panel 2: Challenges and Solutions


Rozario Slack

Independent Consultant and CEO, Black Marriage Publications


Pam James

Director, Leading the Next Generation Healthy Relationship Curriculum Development Project, Native Wellness Institute

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