The It Takes a Village project is divided into four workshops. Each workshop is about two (2) hours long. A facilitator presents the workshops. The project is designed for 6-12 participants.
During the first workshop, project participants become members of a village council and in turn, the workshops become village council meetings or fono. Each workshop or fono becomes an opportunity for the participants or village council to learn about birth outcomes disparities in the context of their culture. The fono have videos, presentations, discussions, activities, and assignments.
It Takes a Village Project
Since 2012, the Utah Office of Health Disparities along with public health and health care professionals and community partners has been working to address birth outcomes disparities in Utah’s Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. The final product of these efforts is the It Takes a Village: Giving our babies the best chance project. Grounded in Pacific Islander cultural beliefs and practices, the project raises awareness and educates about maternal and infant health.