Home Visiting Community
Miss the Summit? We’ve Got You Covered
More than 550 home visiting stakeholders, including policymakers, federal and state agency officials, researchers, program administrators, and advocates, joined us in Washington for the Fourth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs. Hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Every Child Succeeds, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the summit featured the latest in research and innovations, along with keynote speakers covering infant brain development and public opinion polling on home visiting.
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With just hours to spare, Congress acted on March 31 on a bill that would extend federal funding for the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The language was included in a bill to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from a 24% cut in government payments. The home visiting funding will be extended until March 15, 2015.
In Minnesota, $8 million a year for a three year period has been made available to community health boards (local health departments) and tribes; 19 community health boards, covering 28 counties, as well as the white Earth tribal government, receive MIECHV funding. Because of the time lag between the date of enactment and the date funds were made available to Minnesota grantees, funding will be available for some time beyond this date (exact date unknown at this point). READ MORE
Home Visiting Can Be a Lonely Job–We’re All in This Together
By Nancy Jost
As the coordinator for the newly formed Clay County Early Childhood Initiative, I was asked to gather a group of agencies to talk about home visiting for families in our community. What seemed like a simple task on the outside has led to some complex questions, a continuing need for discussion and an opportunity to acknowledge the work that agencies do in providing home visiting. READ MORE