Cultural Adaptation of PLH for Young Children in Latin America Updates

The project aimed to adapt Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children (PLH-YC) for Latin America and develop guidance on an evidence-informed decision-making process to select and adapt existing parenting programs. Given the limited resources in the region, transporting, and adapting Evidence-based Parenting Interventions (EBPI), such as PLH-YC, can be as effective as developing new ones. Evidence suggests that with some degree of adaptation, the positive effects of parenting interventions can transport well across countries, cultures, and income groups.


Reporting by Maira Alvarez Loyo Barcenas

The project's first stage with the Pan-American Organization (PAHO) was officially completed with a meeting to present the research findings to the participants and other stakeholders from Latin America on 28 November. This project aimed to explore the cultural relevance of PLH for Young Children, identify possible implementation barriers, and make some adaptation recommendations. During the meeting, other relevant topics were discussed, such as the adaptation of existing evidence-based parenting programs; the selection and performance of facilitators; how to present parenting programs to gain political, financial, and technical support: the universal access to parenting support; and how to develop inclusive interventions. The different inputs provided will be incorporated into the development of the Parenting Guide (second project stage). After the meeting, PAHO will share the final report of the qualitative study and the link to the adapted PLH-YC Facilitator Manual and Parents Handbook published on its website

Speakers included Dr. Jamie Lachman, Professor Frances Gardner and Maira Alvarez Loyo Barcenas. This recording is in English and Spanish.

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