Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting

Teresa Slater, Home Visiting System Facilitator

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The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program facilitates 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. The State of Oregon’s MIECHV team is tasked with both the implementation/expansion of three evidence-based Early Childhood Home Visiting models, and the development of a comprehensive Regional Home Visiting Network. The three models for Jackson County are Early Head Start, Nurse Family Partnerships and Healthy Families.

Southern Oregon Early Learning Services (SOELS) and the Southern Oregon Home Visiting Network promotes high quality and evidenced-based home visiting services to all home visiting programs in both Jackson and Josephine Counties not exclusive to the MIECHV models. The Home Visiting Network facilitates activities among its members to promote program collaboration and to raise awareness about home visiting, to expand and sustain home visiting services to provide supplemental home visitor professional development, and to share relevant policy and research information.

The Southern Oregon Home Visiting Network includes representatives from home visiting programs throughout the Jackson and Josephine Counties, some of which, but not all, are funded through the federal (MIECHV) grant. Membership in the network is open to any program representatives offering home visiting services to families from the time a mother is pregnant until children enter kindergarten, or representatives from stakeholder organizations that provide support to home visiting services.

Quality, voluntary home visiting reduces costly problems, including low-weight births; emergency room visiting; and children in the social welfare, mental health and juvenile justice corrections systems, creating considerable cost savings for states. Home visiting yields powerful short and long-term effects for the families who participate.