A recipe for developing culturally responsive family wellbeing resources



Anna Thorpe, Vaea Hutchen, Terisa Tagicakibau, Sue Turner, Aaron Hapuku, Ciaran Fox


Ingredients/Components include cultural representation and responsiveness; a flat structure; positive and respectful group processes; mental health promotion values and evidence base; flexibility and cultural autonomy in the process of consultation, resource development, testing and evaluation; use of digital media; and funding. Methods/Processes involve Māori, Pacific and generic groups working with an umbrella steering group. Regular meetings were facilitated and minuted. An evidence base was developed where gaps existed. Three types of consultation involved families, students and professionals. An empowerment approach to design, implementation and evaluation was led by Maori, Pacific and European evaluators. Different development processes were used by each group. Resources were all tested, communications planned and a targeted distribution of resources took place. Results Wellbeing resources were developed in response to needs expressed by the community and professionals in post-earthquake Canterbury. Māori, Pacific and generic family wellbeing resources are based on culturally responsive consultation, testing and evaluation. Resulting resources are unique and accessible, digitally and in print. Visually, people can see themselves in the images used and in the messages expressed. The recipe for developing culturally responsive family wellbeing resources is strongly linked to community ownership and community knowledge. Evaluations to date have been very positive. Key words: Communities and environments - Community development/engagement, capacity building, partnerships Equity in health - Indigenous Peoples/First Nations health Health promotion - Health promotion Life stages - Child Health Research methodologies and methods - Research methodologies and methods Key messages: 1. Ground-up consultation, research, resource development and evaluation is effective for target communities 2. A cultural partnership model is essential for community buy-in. 3. It is important for people to see themselves represented in public health resources


Anna Marie Thorpe

Community and Public Health, Canterbury District Health Board