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Strengthening Families, A Framework for the Valley 

In 2015, the Yakima Valley Board of Directors approved a strategic grant to Memorial Hospital. The grant was issued to bring a train-the-trainer model to Yakima County around cultivating trauma-informed practices and building resiliency skills within our community. The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention delivered the Strengthening Families Train-the-Trainer Curriculum over the course of three days. 

The Strengthening Families grant has three phases. Phase I: Identified networks, coalitions, and organizations the initial cohort of trainers and to complete the training. The invitation and open application process yielded 20 professionals who were trained in December of 2015. This cohort forms the South Central WA Strengthening Families Coalition. Phase II: initiated in 2016 and includes a goal of training 400 participants and to reach 3,500 parents. Phase III: will conclude this project with recommendations from the SCWSF Coalition on how to promote and further the reach of trauma-informed practices and building resiliency skills within our communities and the people served by local organizations. 

Ways to Support this work

1.  There is a current need to help fund the translation of materials of this curriculum to Spanish and increase the capacity of reach. If you would like to help fund this initiative contact: grants@yakivmavalleycf.org or call (509)457-7616 Ext. 305.

You can request a training from the Coalition by contacting:

Chris Schrantz, Nurse Manger

Maternal Health Services

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital


3.  You can offer available resources, training space, and identifying people, groups, networks, or coalitions that may benefit from this training.

4.  Access free online training here

5.   Learn more about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

The following organizations are a part of the South Central WA Strengthening Families Coalition.

            Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
            Yakima Valley Farmworker’s Clinic
            Yakima Valley OIC
            YWCA of Yakima
            Love Inc.
            West Valley School District
            Central WA Family Medicine
            Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
            NW Community Action Center-Toppenish
            Triumph Treatment Center
            Division of Children and Family Services-Toppenish
            La Casa Hogar
            United Way of Central WA
            Kittitas County Public Health

 SF at Central Washington Conference for Greater Good

111 University Parkway, Suite 102
Yakima, WA 98901


Phone: 509-457-7616
Fax: 509-457-7625
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