Information for Home Visitors and Supervisors
Consultation and Technical Assistance
The MDH Family Home Visiting (FHV) Section offers consultation for programming and support in best practices to local public and tribal health home visiting programs. This work supports the integration of family home visiting into the state's comprehensive early childhood system. MDH FHV consultants understand the importance of relationship building with a variety of partners to increase capacity for communities to promote the healthy development of children, secure attachments between caregivers and children, increase self-sufficiency and safety of families with infants and improved pregnancy outcomes. MDH FHV consultants provide support through consultation, technical support and training to local public health and tribal nations throughout Minnesota.
Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting in Minnesota
Among the thirteen home visiting models identified as meeting evidentiary criteria set forth by MIECHV, Minnesota chose to support implementation of Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families America and Family Spirit. Some sites, who are not affiliated/accredited, are integrating evidence informed home visiting practices into their program.
- The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) model:
- NFP program aims at improving the lives of vulnerable first-time parents delivered by caring maternal and child health nurses. NFP goals include improved pregnancy outcomes, improved child health, improved child development and improved economic self-sufficiency.
- Nurse-Family Partnership's National Service Office (NSO)
The National Service Office Nurse Consultant for Minnesota is Amy Goodhue, PHN, MA, Nurse-Family Partnership, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Healthy Families America (HFA) model:
- HFA is designed to work with families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/program/ace/). Services begin prenatally or soon after the birth of a baby. HFA goals include building community partnerships to engage families in home visiting services, strengthening nurturing parent-child relationships, promoting child growth and development and enhancing family functioning by building protective factors.
- Healthy Families America (HFA) is the signature program of Prevent Child Abuse America. National HFA website
- There are several curriculums that are approved by HFA for use by HFA home visiting programs:
- Tribal Governments and the Family Spirit (FS) Program
- Family Spirit is a culturally tailored, strengths-based core strategy designed to support young Native families. Parents gain knowledge and skills to achieve optimum development across the domains of physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language and self-help. FS goals are to increase parenting skills, address maternal psychosocial risks, prepare children for early school success, ensure well-child visits, link family to community services and promote skills needed across the lifespan. http://caih.jhu.edu/programs/family-spirit