Center for Social Health & Well-being
Families Talking Together (Familias Hablando Unidas)
Families Talking Together (FTT) has been recognized as an evidence-based intervention by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health, which has demonstrated reductions in adolescent sexual-risk taking behaviors by improving parent-child communication and parenting protective behaviors. FTT was selected in collaboration with school administrators, staff, and parents through participatory action research. To pilot this program, we collaborated with a community agency (interdisciplinary) through a novel delivery system, promotoras de salud (community health workers). We targeted one of the top 10 clusters for teen pregnancy in the U.S. (90.2 births per 1000 girls). Findings from a pilot study suggested that promotoras are trusted and knowledgeable community members capable of successfully implementing FTT in a community-based setting.