212793 Update on the President's proposal for evidence-based home visiting

Monday, November 9, 2009: 8:30 AM

David Olds, PhD , Prevention Research Center for Family and Child, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO
As part of his agendas on poverty, supporting families, and early education, President Obama called early in his administration for the creation of a program of prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses for first-time, low-income families, citing evidence from multiple randomized controlled trials of the Nurse-Family Partnership, which have found impacts on maternal and child health with far-reaching implications for public health. In his final budget submitted to Congress in May, 2009, that proposal was transformed into a program of evidence-based home-visiting, with two tiers of funding – one for programs that meet the top tier of evidence, and a second for promising programs, with the understanding that promising programs would be tested in rigorously conducted trials. Research dollars were to be allocated to both top tier and promising programs so they might be improved over time. According to OMB Director, Peter Orszag, this approach reflects the President's call for government that is smarter. This talk will provide an update on the status of this legislation and its implications for evidence-based policy making.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the President’s Proposal for Evidence-Based Home Visiting. Describe the implications of this proposed legislation for evidence-based policymaking.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principal Investigator on a series of randomized control trials that tested the Nurse-Family Partnership promoted by President Obama.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.