Developing the Weaving Healthy Families Program to Promote Wellness and Prevent Substance Abuse and Violence: Approach, Adaptation, and Implementation

Catherine E. McKinley, Jennifer Lilly, Jessica L. Liddell, Hannah Knipp, Tamela Autumn Solomon, Nikki Comby, Harold Comby, Patricia Haynes, Kathleen Ferris, Maple Goldberg

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Abstract

Family prevention programs that enhance mental health, wellness, and resilience—while simultaneously addressing violence and alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse—among Indigenous families are scarce. This gap in culturally grounded and community-based programs creates a critical need to develop and evaluate the efficacy of such prevention programs. This article fills this gap, with the purpose of describing the structure and content of the Weaving Healthy Families (WHF) program, a culturally grounded and community-based program aimed at preventing violence and AOD use while promoting mental health, resilience, and wellness in Indigenous families. The focus then turns to how to approach this process of developing and implementing the program in a culturally grounded and community-based way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-261
Number of pages17
JournalFamilies in Society
Volume104
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Keywords

  • Native American
  • WHF program development
  • alcohol and other drug use
  • clinical trials
  • community-based participatory research
  • substance abuse
  • trauma
  • violence

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