258954 Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Evidence-based home visiting programs in a comprehensive early childhood system

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Penny Kyler, ScD, OTR, FAOTA , Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems, MCHB, HRSA/DHHS, San Francisco, CA
Kathleen Kilbane, BSN, MS, FNP , Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems, Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal Child Health Bureau, Rockville, MD
On March 23, 2010, the President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act) (P.L. 111-148). The Affordable Care Act, through an amendment of Title V of the Social Security Act, authorizes the creation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) to facilitate and support collaboration and partnership at the Federal, state, and community levels to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs. At the Federal level, the program is administered through collaboration between the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

This session will describe the MIECHV program and the purposes of the MIECHV legislation. MIECHV includes grants to states and six jurisdictions; and grants to Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations. For both types of grants, the legislation requires that grantees demonstrate improvement in six benchmark areas: 1. Improved maternal and newborn health; 2. Prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits; 3. Improvement in school readiness and achievement; 4. Reduction in crime or domestic violence; 5. Improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and 6. Improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.

MIECHV is an evidence-based policy initiative and progress on implementation of the program with 9 evidence based home visiting models will be described.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the Affordable Care Act legislation that authorized the creation of the Maternal, Infant,and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). 2. List the six benchmark areas that grantees must demonstrate improvement in the MIECHV program. 3. Describe the three purposes of the MIECHV program. 4. Describe and list the evidence-based home visiting models. 5. Discuss progress in implementation of the Affordable Care ACT MIECHV program.

Keywords: Home Visiting, Maternal Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the federal project officer within Federal Region IX overseeing home visitng programs
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.