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Implementing Family Spirit®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model in tribal populations

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

May 2016

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Requirements for Program Certification

The Family Spirit team at the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health assesses an interested organization’s readiness and capacity to implement the model and whether the program fits the organization’s needs. If the Family Spirit team determines that there are gaps in the organization’s capacity, the team provides guidance on how to address the gaps.

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Pre-Service Staff Training

Health educators and supervisors at a new affiliate site must participate in a week-long training that covers the curriculum and program implementation. Training is offered to others in the program site. Family Spirit offers a training for new health educators hired after the affiliate site’s original week-long training.

Supervisors must also complete the following:

  • Pre-training calls with a Family Spirit senior trainer to become oriented to the Family Spirit model and prepare for program implementation;
  • Focused sessions during the training week on: (1) using the quality assurance form, (2) conducting in-service presentations about Family Spirit, and (3) implementation training on topics such as recruiting qualified health educators;
  • Post-training technical assistance calls;
  • A comprehensive knowledge assessment that covers curriculum content and program structure and design; and
  • Webinars on professional development and supervision.

Before implementing Family Spirit, staff must be certified by the Family Spirit team at the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health. Staff receive certification after (1) completing pre-training knowledge tests with a score of 80 percent or greater for each curriculum lesson, (2) completing a week-long training with no more than four missed hours, and (3) scoring at least three of four possible points on the quality assurance measure designed to assess ability to administer curriculum lessons.

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In-Service Staff Training

Family Spirit encourages affiliates to conduct frequent ongoing training for staff and supervisors in maternal and child health issues, home-visiting strategies, case management, and other topics that are relevant to the program and participating families.

The Family Spirit national office offers quarterly topic-based and technical assistance webinars for affiliates. Monthly supervisory and leadership training webinars are available.

Family Spirit also offers refresher training for health educators who have achieved certification.

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Training Materials

Each trainee receives a binder with all training materials, including presentations, hands-on activities, and evaluation tools to be covered in the week-long pre-service training session.

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Qualified Trainers

The Family Spirit team at the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health provides pre-service training.

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Technical Assistance

The Family Spirit team at the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health provides technical assistance during required quarterly meetings and on an as-needed basis.

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Notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in May 2016. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Family Spirit team at Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health on March 23, 2016. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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