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Family Spirit

Family Spirit

Family SpiritĀ® is an evidence-based, culturally tailored home-visiting program of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health to promote optimal health and wellbeing for parents and their children.

Family Spirit combines the use of paraprofessionals from the community as home visitors and a culturally focused, strengths-based curriculum as a core strategy to support young families. Parents gain knowledge and skills to promote healthy development and positive lifestyles for themselves and their children. This program has been developed, implemented, and evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with the Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and San Carlos Apache Tribes since 1995.

Family Spirit Guidance for Virtual Home Visits

Family Spirit recognizes that home visiting can include in-person and virtual visits. For guidance on completing virtual home visits, click here (March 2020).

Family Spirit Recommendations for Program Implementation During COVID-19

The safety of families and home visitors remains a priority during COVID-19. To help follow safety recommendations and decrease disease spread, Family Spirit has created guidance on home visitation during COVID-19. To access recommendations from December 2020, click here. To access updated recommendations from July 2021, click here. These recomendations should be tailored to fit your community's home visiting needs.

Please contact Family Spirit at familyspirit@jhu.edu for questions, concerns, or more information. To access COVID-19 public health education materials developed by JHCAIH, click here

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How To Become An Affiliate

Information about the Family Spirit curriculum and how to bring the program into your community.

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Proven Results

Research findings overview and links to Family Spirit publications.

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