Healthy Marriages Healthy Relationships

Funded by a federal grant and local match, a community-based Healthy Marriages Healthy Relationships (HMHR) initiative teaches relationship skills and promotes healthy marriages to mostly low-income parents and expectant parents.  The goal is to strengthen marriages and parental relationships in order to improve the well-being of children.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan HMHR initiative...

  • Involved ten community partners, actively consulting with all elements of the initiative
  • Reached more than 4,200 low-income parents and expectant parents
  • Utilized trained facilitators from within the community
  • Engaged participants with research-based curricula
  • Taught real-world skills, applicable in a variety of situations
  • Assessed the program with both qualitative and quantitative studies View Final Report

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For more information on the HMHR project, please contact Project Coordinator Marlene Olson at