Empoderando Familias- When Translation isn’t Enough- A Guide on How to Succeed with Latinx Communities (English)

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Empoderando Familias - When Translation isn’t Enough -
A Guide on How to Succeed with Latinx Communities (English)

November 8, 2023


Webinar Description

Empoderando Familias (EF- Empowering Families)- when translating materials isn’t enough.  Equitable access to substance use prevention education plays a vital role in prevention work, but it is not easy.  Are you a coalition looking for another way of engaging with Latinx Populations?  Are you a prevention program having minimal success with Latinx populations and need some guidance? In this session, the EF team will discuss the innovative techniques and methods EF used to mobilize support from Latinx communities.

Webinar Objectives

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify at least two (2) effective strategies for increasing participation from Latinx families.
  • Understand the critical role that community plays in developing strategies.
  • Identify at least one (1) factor, which underlies and contributes to non-participation from Latinx Families.


Webinar Recording and Slides



Trevor Higgins, MHPE
Trevor Higgins, MHEP, is a Senior Program Planner in Clackamas County Oregon and is the Founder and Chair of the Empoderando Familias Planning Committee (EF). Trevor is a first generation Portuguese and is bilingual. Before coming to Oregon, Trevor worked in Washington as an Opioid Task Force Coordinator and in Utah as a prevention unit supervisor.  Trevor credits his time as a prevention unit supervisor in Utah as the place where he truly learned how to utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework to move communities towards action.

Michelle Kutnyak, MPH, CPH
Michelle is the Prevention and Policy Coordinator with the Vibrant Future Coalition. Her role involves coalition building, community outreach, and policy, emphasizing youth substance use prevention in Clackamas County. Michelle is passionate about the wellbeing of Clackamas County’s youth and believes that the best approach to substance use prevention and treatment involves community-wide efforts with an emphasis on the social determinants of health.
Michelle received her B.S. in Public Health from Oregon State University and a Master’s of Public Health from the Oregon Health & Science University-Portland State School of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Systems & Policy. 

Briana Correa, MSW
Briana Correa has her master’s degree in social work. Her professional background in using evidence-based approaches that will fit the best need for everyone, family, and communities. Being in the field for 5 years consists in working with children, adolescents, and families. Briana has worked in many communities supporting diverse and underserved populations. Briana always believes in putting together different jigsaw pieces that form a solution. The pieces include unique experiences, strengths, resources and skills of the adolescents, families, and the community, which they live in.  Briana is a first generation chicana that was raised in rural Oregon. She is a founding member of the Terrible Trio.

Clair Raujol
Clair Raujol-She/Her, Portland-native, go Grant Generals! I am the Big Village Coalition Director and my role is to assist our membership in developing and achieving their annual goals. I live on a small hobby farm in the metro area where my family raises sheep, mini cows and more chickens than can be counted. I enjoy spending time with my husband and obsessing over my border collie, Adley.


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