Home Visiting Program and Practice Resources
The following list includes information to support home visitors and program managers/supervisors in home visiting practice.
The MDH FHV Program is committed to supporting home visiting programs that provide strength-based services leading to positive, measurable outcomes for infants, toddlers and their families. Information to support program management is offered throughout the MDH Family Home Visiting website.
- Minnesota Core Competencies for Home Visitors: The Home Visiting Core Competencies were drafted by the Practice Matters Workgroup, a subcommittee of the Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting. The purpose of the Core Competencies is to identify the theoretical underpinnings and demonstrated abilities of effective home visiting practice. The Core Competencies are not intended to be an exhaustive inventory of all underpinnings and abilities but rather an attempt to identify the essential foundation to assuring effective home visiting services. Use of The Core Competencies may include: program design and implementation, job development tool, home visitor self-assessment tool and identification of training needs. Individual programs might use the Core Competencies and add to them based on the needs of their program model and/or design. MN Targeted Home Visiting
- Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting (MCTHV): Targeted home visiting provides voluntary stabilizing support for at-risk families where they are most comfortable, at home and in their community. For dates of meetings, minutes and more about targeted home visiting: MN Targeted Home Visiting
- Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH): This association offers trainings, resources, fact sheets, information on crisis response and information on Infant Mental Health (IMH): Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
- Community Engagement Guidebook: Offers resources, planning, needs assessment tools, and information on stakeholder participation and evaluating success: Minnesota Department of Health Community Engagement
- MDH recommendations for parent advisory participation and reducing barriers: MDH Community Engagement Parent Involvement
- Department of Human Services (DHS) Information on Child protection/ Mandated Reporting
- Shaken Baby Syndrome: MDH Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative
Including a cultural lens in programming may enhance engagement and retention of families. ‘Culture’ may be thought of in terms or race or ethnicity but might include other things that are outside of program’s staff experience, such as poverty or rural challenges. Strategies such as Motivational Interviewing and Reflective Practice are one method to address cross-cultural work. Other resources include:
- Best practices for using an interpreter for ASQ completion infographic (Brookes Publishing): Ages and Stages Resources for using an interpreter
- Refugee Health Information from MDH including: Provider Guide, Health Education Materials for Refugees, Topics and Directories for Organizations Serving Refugees: MDH Refugee Health
- African American Babies Coalition: African American families and communities will claim our cultural heritage so that our babies will thrive, excel and lead us into the future. This website contains information developed by our community for our community. African American Babies
- Information for Minnesota Tribal Home Visiting Staff: MDH Family Home Visiting Information for Tribal Nations
- The National CLAS Standards are a set of 15 action steps intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Think Cultural Health
- Understanding how trauma history and poverty may impact a family. MDH ACE Executive Summary (PDF)
- Health Reach: Health Information in Many Languages Free printable translations of many health topics: National Library of Medicine Health Reach (birth control, domestic violence, vaccines and more! English versions also available.)
- Limited English Proficiency (LEP) interactive map: LEP Gov Maps. This map provides information about what languages might be spoken in your county. Once on this page, click on Language Map App. Enlarge the map to view individual counties, click on your county and a pie chart will pop up. Scroll over this chart to see the number of people who speak each language.
A promising practice for Minnesota home visiting programs is to provide visiting in the context of a trusting relationship. Reflective practice supports relationship building. Motivational interviewing is a strategy that supports parents in making changes by identifying what they want to change and when they are ready.
- Reflective Practice: This document describes the basic elements of reflective practice and how it supports relationship building in home visiting. Reflective Practice (RP) in home visiting
- Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a strategy that supports home visitors developing partnerships with parents when setting goals and developing home visiting service plans.
- Strengths Based /Family Centered Practice: Partnering with parents. “Strengths-based practice has been defined as seeing people as “having potential and power” rather than being “at risk.” It emphasizes opportunities, hopes, and solutions, with the home visitor as a partner to the family. Principles of Strength-Based Practice (PDF)
Positive parent-child interactions are powerful protective factors for children. The hallmark of these positive interactions are caregivers being responsive to the child and focused on the child. Interactions include clear developmentally appropriate behavior guidance and parent expectations. Parenting handouts, videos and curriculum can support the home visitor in talking to parents about many aspects of parenting and parent-child relationships.
- Help Me Grow: Short videos and information to use with parents about developmental milestones, covering cognitive, communication and language, social and emotional, and motor milestones. Help me Grow MN Developmental Milestones
- CDC Learn the Signs Act Early Is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources that offers parent friendly developmental milestone checklists, handouts, and other free materials.
- Zero To Three parenting resources offers handouts and videos on various parenting topics and resources for professionals.
- Text 4 Baby App may be used with Android or Apple. Texts are short messages about baby, starting at pregnancy.
- Breastfeeding is Healthy for Babies but it's not always easy. For more information: MDH WIC Breastfeeding
- ASQ Users Manuals and ASQ Learning Activities Manuals include activities by age and by learning, as well as articles on specific topics. Brookes Publishing Resource Library
- CDC Positive Parenting Offers developmentally specific milestones and parenting tips to use with families in English and Spanish.
- Partners in Parenting Education (PIPE) Curriculum is evidence-based and available for programs not affiliated with a home visiting model. How to Read Your Baby: PIPE
- National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse: offers information for programs: protective factors, toolkits, handouts, tips, videos and ideas for involving and supporting fathers as parents
Research has shown that maternal substance use, including the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs, can increase the occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases and placental abruption. The effects of maternal substance use on infants include decreased birth weight and complications with the central and autonomic nervous systems.
The following is a list of local and national resources pertinent to substance use:
- Maternal Smoking: Modifiable Risk Factors for Low Birth Weight. MDH and DHS Modifiable Risk Factors (PDF)
- For information about stopping smoking cigarettes: Quit Plan Services and Starter Kit
- Department of Human Services (DHS) Alcohol, Drug and other addictions: Program Overviews
- MDH Information about Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
- Information from the March of Dimes for parents about effects of drug use on baby, how to stop, birth control, list of drugs that are considered Opioids, symptoms and more.