Strong Cultures, Healthy Children - Understanding Cultural Assets and Developing Advocacy Networks for Promoting Child Wellness in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities.
Over the past two years, LTG has conducted community-based research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with five communities in seven sites across the U.S., exploring the challenges and opportunities in creating and sustaining early childhood wellness. Communities included: Hmong (Merced, Minneapolis, Providence); Native Hawaiian (O'ahu); Pilipino (Los Angeles, Chicago); Samoan (O'ahu, Los Angeles); and, Vietnamese (Los Angeles, Providence, and Northern Virginia). The findings of the research were reported to the Foundation and a series of community briefings are following. The attached Prezi presentations are from those briefings and show both the research process and the high-level outcomes. LTG is extremely grateful to the community organizations and individuals who shared their culture, views, and ideas. We hope that the findings are useful and clearly reflect the gifts of knowledge and wisdom given. LTG is very grateful to the Foundation for the opportunity to conduct this research. Visit our Prezi Page to view the presentations.
NAPA Mentor Committee chaired by LTG's Niel Tashima was asked to advise on AAA's new approach to mentoring.
AAA turns to NAPA Mentor Program for direction on its approach to mentoring -
Anthropology News announced an exciting development for AAA's newest members. Elizabeth Briody, current member of the AAA Executive Board,
past president of NAPA, and NAPA Mentor Committee member, was asked to chair the AAA Mentor Working Group. She will lead the effort to direct
development of AAA's new approach to mentoring. NAPA members are also encouraged to engage and contribute resources and information. LTG's
Cathleen Crain developed the original NAPA Mentor Program in 1990 with Madelyn Iris.
NAPA Mentoring FAQS give emerging anthropologists information about graduate school, entering the
professional work world, and career development. The
NAPA Mentor Program NAPA Mentor Program matches working professionals with
recent anthropology graduates or current students. For more information please contact Niel Tashima, Chair, NAPA Mentor Committee, at:
Anthropology News announces LTG's grant to explore childhood obesity prevention in selected AA & NHPI communities.
"LTG Associates Receives Grant to Explore Childhood Obesity Prevention," Anthropology News - LTG will explore the facilitators and barriers to addressing childhood obesity issues in Asian American (AA), & Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities through a culturally based prevention approach. Selected communities in California, Minnesota, Hawaii, Illinois, Virginia, and Rhode Island will participate. Although 15 million people in the US identify as AA & NHPI with historical roots in over 60 countries with distinct cultures and languages, their complexity and diversity is often homogenized into one general group that can mask the barriers they face in shaping and leading healthy lives. LTG will work with community members to identify practices, attitudes, beliefs, and language that create a path toward childhood wellness. RWJF is committed to reversing the trend toward childhood obesity with a focus on the rapidly increasing rates occurring among AA & NHPI populations. LTG will aim to develop a replicable process of respectful community engagement for the development of advocacy networks focused on childhood wellness and obesity prevention leading to better lifelong health. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/05/29/ltg-associates-receives-grant-to-explore-childhood-obesity-prevention/
LTG helps develop Building Healthy Relationships Curricula.
Engaging African American women and men in promoting healthy relationships and HIV & STI prevention awareness - LTG conducted background research and determined that promoting healthy relationships grounded in positive cultural norms and values could potentially be a valuable approach. LTG worked collaboratively with the CDC, community representatives, African American scholars and leaders, and healthy sexuality experts to develop two interventions grounded in African American culture and focused to African American men and women on HBCU campuses on the development and sustaining of healthy relationships. The curricula are available through the National Network of Prevention Training Centers at: http://nnptc.org/resources/healthy-sisters-brothers/.This CDC-funded national training organization will promote the use of the curricula nationally and is their permanent home.
LTG staff present "We all Eat Rice...? Poi, Potatoes, and Mac and Cheese! Deconstructing Ethnicity for Cultural Specificity," a podcast sponsored by the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) & the University of North Texas.
Complexities of Specificity and Inclusiveness in Focusing on Health and Human Services for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) - LTG Managing Partners Cathleen Crain and Niel Tashima joined forces with LTG associates' Reiko Ishihara-Brito and Lillie Dao for this session from the SfAA Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM. It is one of only 20 sessions chosen to be podcast by sponsors SfAA and the University of North Texas. With increased attention focused on the high prevalence of obesity-related chronic illnesses among some AANHPI groups, the panel examines environmental, ecological, cultural, social and historical dimensions of AANHPI health and childhood obesity to put the health disparities in context. Presenters deftly highlight the complexities in assessing & understanding the causes and practices that lead to culturally appropriate healthy children and adolescents. Download podcasts
LTG's Cathleen Crain has been selected to serve on committees for Society for Applied Anthropology and American Anthropological Association.
LTG Managing Partner Cathleen Crain contributes to professional organizations -
As a member of the Nominations Committee for SfAA she will participate in the work of identifying and recruiting individuals to stand for
election for leadership of the SfAA for the next two years. Ms. Crain is a long-time Fellow of the Society. In addition she
will play a role on AAA's Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA). CoPAPIA is charged with:
"working with the Executive Board, Sections of the AAA and the AAA staff to expand professional development opportunities, programs,
and services for practicing anthropologists." She will serve on this Committee through 2017.
Now available: The final documents from the five-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative, Strengthening What Works.
Reports summarize Strengthening What Works: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities -
SWW was a RWJF national program designed in collaboration with LTG Associates to identify promising practices to prevent IPV among immigrant
and refugee populations in the U.S. and to increase organizational capacity for evaluation among the eight grantee organizations. SWW focused
on developing culturally appropriate, rigorous and replicable evaluations of existing prevention interventions that have not been subject to
rigorous evaluation. SWW has allowed grantees to refine their programs and identify practice-informed models for prevention that can now be
shared with peers and leveraged to advance IPV prevention efforts. Despite the different community-based approaches and their diverse ethnic
populations, the reports suggest that reinforcing positive cultural and social norms and/or promoting healthy relationships mindful of different
cultural contexts are critical elements for effective IPV prevention programming within immigrant and refugee communities.
Read RWJF Evaluation Summary
LTG reports on philanthropic engagement of Chinese Americans in the San Francisco Bay area for Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
For Generations to Come: Chinese American Philanthropy in the Bay Area -
In this report LTG deconstructs the process of philanthropy among Chinese Americans who give through financial contributions, time and energy
through volunteering, and expertise such as fundraising and business advice. Philanthropy among those interviewed is broadly envisioned as the
act of giving with engagement and commitment in ways that enhance society, support the community and help prepare the next generations of
leaders and responsible citizens. A companion document, Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future, provides direction for those wishing to work
with and engage Chinese American donors by examining how and to whom Chinese Americans make donations and the variables that affect those
decisions. The report commissioned by Silicon Valley Community Foundation identifies trends, assesses needs, and makes thoughtful recommendations
that will help capitalize on the strengths of traditional Chinese culture and inform the future of Chinese American philanthropy as this population
continues to grow.
Read the report
RWJF Grants LTG Key Role in Dissemination of Evidence-Informed IPV Prevention Interventions.
Dissemination of Evidence-Informed IPV Prevention Interventions - Two organizations that participated in SWW, Migrant Clinician's Network (MCN) and Asian Women's Shelter (AWS), will be key partners to provide training and technical assistance to one new partner each to replicate MCN's Hombres Unidos and AWS's Chai Chat interventions. The purpose of the grant is to test the interventions in new but similar communities and to document the dissemination process. For more information please visit MCN's Hombres Unidos and AWS's Chai Chat.
Practicing and applied anthropologists learned about new and emerging careers at the 2013 NAPA/AAA Careers Expo.
The NAPA/AAA Careers Expo: Exploring Professional Careers broadens horizons for the professional anthropologist - Visitors were able to explore different types of careers from consultants to federal anthropologists to people working in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) and the AAA in partnership with CoPAPIA and COPAA sponsored the Careers Expo for the eighth year. The NAPA Organizational Relations Committee organized the event and welcomed nearly 600 attendees this year. Read and share the post
The NAPA Mentor Committee posted a set of FAQs that will offer students and new professionals more personalized mentoring services.
The NAPA Mentoring FAQ website page offers nearly 60 questions and answers about the study of applied anthropology and potential careers -
The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) Mentor Committee has used its collective experience to provide students and new professionals with
the latest electronic resources and information about careers in professional anthropology. Those considering a career in the field are encouraged to consult as
many sources as possible as they explore coursework, majors, and careers. The new FAQs, divided into sections, make the process clearer and can result in a more
detailed mentoring program. The NAPA Mentor Match program is designed to foster an ongoing professional relationship between the mentor and the mentee through
continued contact that typically lasts about one year, depending on terms mutually agreed upon. Mentors are anthropologists who have been working in a
professional setting for at least two years and make themselves available by telephone, email, or in person.
NAPA Mentoring FAQs
Linkedin Discussion profiles LTG Managing Partner Niel Tashima, past president of NAPA 1996-1998.
Linkedin profile of Niel Tashima offers student perspective - San Jose State University student Kristin Keller posts highlights of Niel's involvement with the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology on the NAPA Linkedin page. Niel recognizes the challenge of applying the academic language, methods, and skills learned in school to real world problems as he has with LTG. He provides plenty of encouragement and resources for newly hatched anthropologists entering the marketplace, suggests getting involved with NAPA for its networking opportunities, and touts a new FAQ that will allow the NAPA Mentor Committee to offer more personalized and detailed mentoring programs. Read and share the post
LTG Associates teamed up with the Interfaith Center of New York to evaluate interfaith activities in NYC.
LTG reports on NYC's "Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and Partnership" program - The purpose of the "Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and Partnership" program was to develop interfaith social services partnerships in three New York City boroughs to enhance collaboration, dialogue and understanding among community-based Muslim groups and local Catholic Charities projects. The project focused on a variety of services including food security and immigration, through which ongoing relationships were developed. In addition, faith leaders working together through the initiative were able to create opportunities for ongoing collaborations between communities and religious organizations. To read the full report click here.
LTG Associates enters seventh year of partnership with First Five Merced
LTG works with First Five Merced to promote educational success - The focus at First Five California is to educate parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their children's first years. Its services and support are designed to ensure that more children are born healthy and reach their full potential. First Five Merced is an important part of school readiness programs across California. School readiness means making sure that all young children enter school physically and emotionally healthy and ready to succeed. It also means making sure that early care and education providers, such as preschools, child care centers and family child care providers are prepared to help children succeed as they enter elementary school. LTG is proud to play a role in this important work. Read more
LTG congratulates the Master of Applied Anthropology program at University of Maryland for its top ranking
Kudos to the University of Maryland (UMD) - The UMD Department of Anthropology offers graduate study leading to the Master of Applied Anthropology and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Both degrees reflect the department's expertise in the application of anthropological knowledge, anthropology-in-use, and practicing anthropology in a variety of institutional and community settings outside academia. LTG associate Alberto Bouroncle has also taught there. UMD is part of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (CoPAA). Read more
LTG founding partners and staff contribute four chapters in the March release of a new book about Practicing Anthropology
A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology - Practicing anthropologists do much more than research: they are decision-makers and implementers slowly bringing anthropology into the workplace. The demand for the kinds of skill anthropologists possess is strong, and growing. Although precise figures are unavailable, there are probably more anthropologists working outside academia than within it. Wiley published the book aimed at three audiences: anthropology students interested in practice, university faculty members teaching applied and practice-oriented courses, and practitioners themselves. LTG staff member Terry Redding begins Part I, The Practitioner Career Arc, with a chapter called "Professional Training and Preparation." Additional chapters by founding partners Cathleen Crain and Niel Tashima include "Job Success 101: A Quick Graduate Course," and "Professional Communication." For more information, click here.
Anthropology News highlights LTG's strengths as National Program Office for the RWJF Strengthening What Works initiative
Anthropology News - LTG's multicultural staff has worked with grantees throughout the United States to develop and implement appropriate, rigorous evaluation processes for intimate partner violence prevention interventions. LTG's thoughtful approach honors communities and their diverse cultural heritage and contextual history, resulting in strengthened evaluation efforts. Using an anthropological perspective, LTG's approach includes valuing storytelling. Staff encouraged participating organizations to combine qualitative data with quantitative data to honor community wisdom while using rigorously developed evaluation tools. Grantees have been supported in evaluating their interventions and developing practice-based evidence. With the support of LTG, grantees developed theories of change, logic models, implementation protocols for intervention evaluation and fully developed curricula. Grantees are now better able to systematically improve their interventions, account to stakeholders, and teach the field the critical uses of evaluation. In partnership, LTG and the grantees were able to construct a grantee voice in the research and health debates about the nature of IPV and how services should be developed. Using its anthropological focus LTG has created space for culture-specific values to form the foundation for the construction of interventions and their evaluations. To read the article click here.
AWS in San Francisco teams up with LTG
Evaluation of the AWS MLAM Program - The Asian Women's Shelter provides services for limited and non-English speaking immigrant survivors of domestic violence in the San Francisco Bay Area. LTG will conduct an evaluation of the AWS Multi-Lingual Access Model (MLAM) Program. AWS supports over 100 trained, on-call language advocates proficient in 38 languages available to support both clients and those who contact the Citywide MLAM Program agencies. Other direct services for survivors of IPV include its nationally recognized shelter program, language advocacy program, crisis line, case management, and programs in support of underserved communities such as queer Asian survivors and trafficked survivors. Visit www.sfaws.org for more information.
RWJF Profiles LTG's Crain and Tashima
Right for the Job - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published an article profiling LTG managing partners Niel Tashima and Cathleen Crain and their contribution to Strengthening What Works: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities (SWW). LTG is the National Program Office (NPO) for the SWW, that funds organizations to plan and conduct evaluation of their programs directed at preventing IPV in their communities and in taking promising practices to evidence. As the NPO, LTG provides direction and technical assistance to the initiative. Crain and Tashima bring their passion and extensive experience with research methodology, ethnographic studies, multilinguistic environments, and immigrant and refugee cultural systems, to partner with the grantees, communities, and funders in developing formal evaluation methodologies that can lead to best practices. LTG's unique approach accepts "the communities as they are," and views the cultural embeddedness of the programs as an asset. To read "Evaluating Models for Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities" click here.
LTG Produces Report for Silicon Valley Community Foundation On Indian Americans & Philanthropy in the Silicon Valley
The Role of Philanthropy in Silicon Valley's Indian American Community - LTG team members Pamela Rao, Kristen Hudgins, Cathleen Crain, and Niel Tashima, conducted research and developed a report for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. "On the Shoulders of Generations" traces the cultural origins and celebrates the contributions of the Indian American community in philanthropy. Indian Americans have contributed much to Silicon Valley's success, however many arrived here with few assets. Some donate large amounts of personal wealth to support a variety of causes in India such as education and health care, while others focus on preserving Indian culture and tradition in the growing Indian American community around them. The report examines the roots of philanthropy in India and features a snapshot of giving over recent decades. More than 25 successful, active Indian American philanthropists of Silicon Valley describe their values and visions in their own words. To read the full report click here.
LTG participated in the 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD)
LTG Participated in the Annual Meeting of NCSD - The 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Coalition of STD Directors took place October 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Jo Valentine (Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of STD Prevention, NCHHSTP, CDC), Cathleen Crain (LTG Managing Partner), and Rodney Perkins (LTG Men's Curriculum Facilitator) spoke on "Calling Attention to Disparities: STDs, Under-Served Communities and Messaging." Not pictured: Dana Cropper Williams.
LTG Key Player on HBCU Team
CDC HBCU Team Addresses Health Disparities in Rates of STI/HIV - CDC works closely with state and local health departments and community organizations to develop effective interventions for HIV/STI prevention among African Americans. On September 1, 2011, LTG conducted a briefing for the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Prevention at a Division of STD Prevention Learning Hour in Atlanta, GA. LTG managing partners Cathleen Crain and Niel Tashima and Senior Project Associate Sonya I. Ross presented "Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Community Outreach Project-Building a Foundation for STI/HIV Prevention Peer Outreach." They were joined by Dana Cropper-Williams, Director of Training and Health Education from the National Coalition of STD Directors. The meeting was well-attended, and after a lively question and answer period, the program officer gave them high marks. The next briefing and comprehensive report take place toward the end of next summer.
LTG Conducts Study for USAID
USAID Decent Care Values in Palliative Care Services - A Formative Evaluation, March 2011 - LTG Associates staff Carter Roeber, Pamela Rao, Cathleen Crain, and Nathaniel Tashima recently completed an evaluation of the utilization of Decent Care for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A report based on their research in "Decent Care in Palliative Care" was released by the agency. Decent Care is an emerging health care-related paradigm that aims to move past "patient-centered care" and "patient empowerment" to affected persons making decisions about their own health care, and to affected persons being the center of health care planning and implementation. There are six core Decent Care values: Agency, Dignity, Interdependence, Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Sustainability. The report describes the results of a formative evaluation conducted in late 2010 and early 2011 to assess the effects of four palliative care-focused consultations on the personal and professional lives of participants, and to understand the experience of utilizing Decent Care values in diverse settings. Those participants included: affected persons including family members and caregivers; activists; health care and service providers; advocates and employees of non-governmental organizations; and, policymakers and employees of governmental and donor agencies. Respondents were strongly positive about the concepts and values of Decent Care. Of the 74 respondents, 57 (80%) indicated they had applied the values since attending one or more of the four meetings held since 2006. Research outcomes of this study encourage professionals and affected people to incorporate Decent Care values into their planning and strategy. To read the report click here.