Online Program

Interprofessional Family Reviews: Interprofessional Support for Community Health Worker Roles

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Emily Akerson, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Healthy Families is an evidence based national program model which provides education, resources and support for the most vulnerable first time parents through voluntary, strength based, intensive home visiting by trained community health workers with the goal of achieving positive pregnancy, maternal and child health outcomes; promoting positive parenting outcomes and preventing child abuse and neglect.

There is a pressing need to identify effective models that provide support for community health workers, who have a critical role in achieving important public health goals. Community health workers, supported by an advance practice nurse and clinical psychologist, can be part of a collaborative care model that can achieve prevention goals through accessible and effective interventions.

 An interprofessional practice model is a successful, innovative, and cost effective way to achieve program and family goals.


Research Question: What are the perceptions of community health workers about the effectiveness of collaboration in interprofessional family reviews to support vulnerable mothers at risk for poor parenting outcomes due to health and mental health challenges?

The Wilder Collaborative Factors Inventory (WCFI) (Mattessich, Murray-Close, & Monsey, 2001) was used to assess the elements of effective collaboration. Qualitative questions were added to the survey.


Quantitative results and qualitative themes confirmed that CHWs value the consultation, training, and support they receive in the IPFRs.


Healthy Families program community health workers perceive the interprofessional family reviews as effective in providing support, consultation, and training for serving vulnerable families. IPFRs will be used to support accreditation standards for CHW supervision.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe an innovative interprofessional practice model that supports community health workers (CHW) in providing effective, evidence based services for the most vulnerable first time parents in the community and provides an important opportunity for graduate students to participate in interprofessional collaborative practice. Discuss the results of an evaluation of the perceptions of CHWs about the effectiveness of interprofessional family reviews in providing support for vulnerable parents at risk of poor parenting outcomes

Keyword(s): Community Health Workers and Promoters, Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of two Healthy Families programs, and have been the principal investigator of the grants that support the program for 10 years. I also evaluated interprofessional family reviews as part of my doctoral work.
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.