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Family Spirit Affiliates Are In Over 20 States Serving Over 150 Communities

Our Family Spirit affiliates are as diverse as the communities and families they serve, which is a testament to the program’s adaptability to meet different needs.

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Geographic Coverage

Currently, Family Spirit affiliates are implementing the program in over 20 US states, serving over 150 communities. Program delivery occurs primarily in rural and reservation-based communities, but we do have affiliates in urban settings and are expanding in this area.

Organizational Setting

Our affiliates work within the context of local, state, tribal, and federal organizations. Many of the affiliates are able to devote 100% effort to Family Spirit activities, but others are nested within other programs and services in their organization where they divide their time.

Who They Serve

Any woman who is pregnant or a caregiver with a child who is less than 3 years old can receive the Family Spirit Program. Other family members are encouraged to participate in lessons. The Family Spirit curriculum is designed to serve families and their children sequentially from before birth until the child’s 3rd birthday. Some affiliates enroll all mothers beginning in pregnancy, while others open enrollment up to families with children at any age until the child’s 3rd birthday. Family Spirit is especially useful for young mothers (under the age of 24) or at-risk mothers.

Home Visitors

Home visitors are recruited and hired at the site level and are often the change agents within the program. They are generally community health paraprofessionals trained to mastery in the Family Spirit Program. Ideally, home visitors are from the participating community and are familiar with the tribal culture, traditions, and language. Please note that while these are our general recommendations, some affiliates employ their own staffing requirements to which we defer.

Home visitors wear many hats in the realm of Family Spirit. First and foremost, they build rapport with families and children and act as a support system for them during the child’s first years of life. They conduct home visits to deliver Family Spirit curriculum lessons. Sometimes home visits turn into case management or social support visits to provide enhanced assistance to families in times of need. Home visitors also connect families to resources and services in the community. Some Family Spirit affiliates authorize home visitors to provide transportation for families to and from appointments as needed.


Each affiliate must have supervisory staff in place to support home visitors and overall program administration. It is recommended that supervisors have a college degree, or equivalent work experience. Supervisors should also have experience in home visiting, case management, community networking, and staff supervision. Family Spirit recommends 6-10 home visitors per supervisor. This is a recommendation rather than a requirement as each program is unique in its design and scope.

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Family Spirit leadership faculty and staff are based in several locations across the United States to bring a wide variety of knowledge and expertise to support our affiliates.

Director of Maternal, Infant and Child Health, Elizabeth Kushman, MPH

Director of Training and ImplementationTara Stowbunenko, MPH, MSBH, CHES

Director of Innovations and Special Projects, Cibonay Jimenez, MA

Director of Curriculum and Content, Lisa Martin, MPH

Lead TrainerBrooke Perkins

Program and Training CoordinatorKristen Tallis, MPH

Data and Evaluation Manager, Amanda Harris, MS

Family Spirit Nurture Dissemination and Communications Manager, Sarah Vanegas, MS

Director of OperationsNicole Neault, MPH

Contracts Coordinator, Johanna Blais, MA

Image Manager and Curriculum Assistant, Sarah Stern

Implementation Science Principal InvestigatorEmily Haroz, PhD, MA

Contracts Manager, Kristen Speakman, MA, MPH

JHCAIH Director; Family Spirit Developer Allison Barlow, PhD, MA, MPH