Introducing The Padres Informados App
Padres Informados, Jóvenes Preparados is a Community Based Participatory Research study, which has a free iOS and Android app to prevent Latino youth tobacco and substance use by strengthening parent-youth relationships.
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Padres Informados Jovenes Praparados began in 2007, when Michele Allen and Veronica Svetaz joined efforts to develop a parenting program to promote positive parent-child relationships to reduce smoking and substance use among Latino families with adolescents. The curriculum was created between 2008 and 2009, and pilot tested in 2010. Then, the program was refined and evaluated using a randomized controlled trial between 2011 and 2015. Through collaboration with seven community organizations, Padres Informados, Jovenes Preparados was able to reach 352 Latino families from urban and rural areas of Minnesota to participate in the trial. Since then, the partnership has worked in developing dissemination strategies to expand the use of the program.
Active Community Engagement
Padres Informados, Jovenes Preparados was developed and continues to be driven by community organizations serving Latino families. Aqui Para Ti and Centro Tyrone Guzman in collaboration with University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research and Extension co-developed the parent and youth curricula and co-conducted the research that tested its effectiveness. Our initial focus, conceptualization of the program, and development of program components was guided by an advisory board of Latino parents. Over multiple research studies, a large number of community organizations have actively collaborated on the refinement and evaluation of the program and since the recent trial, have requested training in the curriculum.