Office of Children's Health

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

What is the Home Visiting Program?
In Arizona, women and infants living in high-risk situations experience higher rates of infant mortality, low birth weights, unsafe home environments and other poor life outcomes. Home visiting programs offer a mechanism for ensuring families have social support, knowledge of community services, and ongoing health, developmental, and safety education. The State of Arizona commits to developing strong families by supporting the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This act establishes the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) which provides funds for evidence-based home visiting to families in “at-risk” communities. Arizona's allocation for federal fiscal year 2011 was $2,631,887.00 million. In addition, Arizona was one of three states awarded a $9,430,000.00 million competitive grant to support Home Visiting Programming.

Why is Home Visiting Necessary?
Studies have shown the importance of the first few years of a child's life. Home visiting for pregnant women and families with young children helps to support new parents by offering information on child health and development. They produce positive outcomes that, over time, yield returns of up to $5.70 per taxpayer dollar spent. They also reduce child abuse rates, help in the early identification of developmental delays, and supports family self-sufficiency and school readiness. For more information on building your own strong families go to http://strongfamiliesaz.com/ .

What are the goals of the program?
The benchmarks/goals of MIECHV are to:

  • Improved Maternal and Newborn Health related issues;
  • Improvements in School Readiness and Achievement;
  • Improve Family Economic Self-Sufficiency for “at risk” families;
  • Reduce Child Injuries, Child Abuse, Neglect, or Maltreatment and Reduction of Emergency Department Visits;
  • Reduce Domestic Violence;
  • Improve Coordination and Referrals for Other Community Resources and Supports.

What has the program achieved?
In early 2011, the Inter-Agency Task Force was established. The Bureau of Women's and Children's Health in collaboration with The Arizona Department of Economic Security, the Arizona Department of Education, The Early Childhood Development and Health Board, also known as First Things First, and The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona developed a comprehensive work plan for the MIECHV Program. To date task force has:

  • Completed a needs assessment outlining the geographical area of Arizona with the most “at risk” populations;
  • Selected Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families as the evidence based program models and Family Spirit as the promising practice model used in Arizona's MIECHV program;
  • Founded a Home Visiting Alliance comprised of any home visiting program;
  • Created the following subcommittees, of the home visiting alliance, to advance goals of the MIECHV program:
    • Professional Development
    • Outcomes & Quality Improvements
    • Continuum of Services
    • Outreach to Special Populations.
  • Provide funding support for over 60 home visitors;
  • Provide home visiting services to Tucson, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Holbrook and Winslow, Phoenix, and Graham/Greenly County;
  • Hosted a Professional Development conference in 2012 with over 500 home visitors in attendances;
  • Developed and implemented a Social Marketing Campaign to promote the benefits home visiting;
  • Provide referrals for other community resources and support services across the state of Arizona.

Future achievements
Building a network of coordinators to organize home visiting services at the local level in Arizona communities;
Expand home visiting services throughout Arizona;
Build a community infrastructure to support home visiting services.
           
Need More Information:
For more information on building your own strong family go to StrongFamilyAZ.com or contact
; Jessica Stewart (602-364-1441) or Meloney Baty (602-364-3007)

Grant Applications

Home Visiting Program Updates

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