Home Visiting is a method for strengthening families and improving the health of children and parents. Home Visitors meet with families and provide family support, share resources and work on skill building. The Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, also known as the Federal Home Visiting Program, is an investment in home visiting programs.
MIECHV is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) which administers Tribal MIECHV grants. Click for more information on the Federal Home Visiting Program.
The MIECHV program works toward improvement in the following benchmarks:
- Improved maternal and child health
- Prevention of childhood injuries, child abuse, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits
- Improvement in school readiness and achievement
- Reduction in crime or domestic violence
- Improvements in family economic self-sufficiency
- Improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports
Local home visiting programs work to show improvement in 19 benchmark measures. See below for more detailed information on MIECHV benchmark measures.
In Oregon, MIECHV funds the following evidence based home visiting models:
• Early Head Start
• Healthy Families America
• Nurse Family Partnership