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December/January 2013Vol. 13, No. 11Healing-Informed Intervention

The need for culturally competent interventions aimed at the young Latino population and centered on healing-informed care is the focus of a recent white paper by the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute (NLFFI). The paper highlights La Cultura Cura or Cultural-Based Healing, a method for healing and healthy development that uses restoring cultural identity as the foundation for enhancing well-being.

Of the 16 million Latino children and youth in the United States, more than 35 percent are poor. These children are also more than twice as likely to drop out of high school and they make up the majority of juvenile detention center and prison populations. The authors assert that culturally competent programs addressing the unique needs of the Latino population exist but that they must be replicated to help the prevention field understand the disparity.

La Cultura Cura employs a multigenerational process for remembering or returning to cultural values to prevent negative outcomes for Latino and Native boys and men. NLFFI, a division of the National Compadres Network, provides a framework—La Cultura Cura Healing Generations—a culturally framed, healing- and assets-based approach that can be applied to education, engagement, and prevention services. The white paper outlines policy and systems change recommendations for bringing this framework to scale.  

Lifting Latinos Up by Their "Rootstraps": Moving Beyond Trauma Through a Healing-Informed Model to Engage Latino Boys and Men is available on the NLFFI website: (11 MB)

Jerry Tello, National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute Director, hosted the webinar "Lifting Latinos Up by Their Rootstraps!" The recorded webinar is now available online, however NLFFI requests that materials be used only for personal or organizational use and not for trainings. To view the webinar recording, visit: