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June 21, 2013 in Archive, Trainings

Integrating Theory and Practice Webinar

Adverse Childhood Experiences: How the ACEs Study informs Home Visiting
Michele Fallon and Jane Ellison
Adverse Childhood Experiences have a long term impact on people’s physical and mental health. How can home visitors use the results of the ACE study in the context of their work with families? This presentation summarizes the ACE study and introduces concrete strategies to use in home visits with families with young children.

To view the archived version enter your email address and the company code: homevisiting (all lowercase, no space) If this is your first login, be sure to click the box “New Registration”


May 2, 2013 in Archive, Trainings

Integrating Theory and Practice

Working with Parents with Substance Abuse and/or Mental Illness
Thursday, June 6, 2013; 8:30 – 10:30 am
Scott Harman and Michele Fallon
Parents who struggle with chemical health issues and/or mental illness, like other parents, want what is best for their children. Presenters will discuss strategies for having the challenging conversations to acknowledge these concerns in the context of the home visiting relationship. To RSVP please email Patricia Coldwell.

This training opportunity is the second of a four part webinar series; view them live or archived and watched in one hour increments. See descriptions for the next two webinars.


January 31, 2013 in Archive, Practices & Principles, Trainings, Uncategorized

Looking Back, Looking Forward

In 2012, the Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting focused much of its efforts on developing a comprehensive statewide training for home visiting professionals. Noting the apparent lack of training opportunities for home visitors in general, and specifically addressing trauma informed practice, Coalition sponsored an integrated learning series. The training examined the role of trauma and its implication for home visiting through two large group trainings, and two small reflective training sessions led by infant-toddler mental health professionals in 10 locations around the state. Additionally, a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health in 2012 has opened up training opportunities to other agency home visitors for the future. Read the rest of this entry →


November 1, 2012 in Archive

Home Visiting Poised to Meet Demographic Realities

Most of us know about basic brain architecture, understand that a healthy start lays the foundation for lifelong well-being, and believe that investing in early childhood yields high future returns. But do we know the facts that support why home visiting is a sensible approach for promoting healthy brain growth and physical development, secure attachment and social-emotional development, a language rich environment, and a positive social or cultural identity?

The youngest children in Minnesota are the state’s poorest and most diverse age group. More than a third are low-income and nearly a third are children of color. The portion of low-income children is even higher in communities of color, reaching as high as about three-quarters for American Indian and African American children. The demographic reality in Minnesota is that half of low-income kids are kids of color. Read the rest of this entry →


November 1, 2012 in Archive

The Psych Approach

Reposted from The New York Times

In the 1990s, Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda conducted a study on adverse childhood experiences. They asked 17,000 mostly white, mostly upscale patients enrolled in a Kaiser H.M.O. to describe whether they had experienced any of 10 categories of childhood trauma. They asked them if they had been abused, if their parents had divorced, if family members had been incarcerated or declared mentally ill. Then they gave them what came to be known as ACE scores, depending on how many of the 10 experiences they had endured.

The link between childhood trauma and adult outcomes was striking. People with an ACE score of 4 were seven times more likely to be alcoholics as adults than people with an ACE score of 0. They were six times more likely to have had sex before age 15, twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer, four times as likely to suffer emphysema. People with an ACE score above 6 were 30 times more likely to have attempted suicide. Read the rest of this entry →


September 20, 2012 in Archive, Trainings

Home Visiting Coalition Training: October Seminar

All those who have attended the first training should have received reminder notices of this upcoming training. Materials will be posted here on United Front after the training.

DATE: Monday, October 15
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: MDH Snelling Office Park location for metro and at ITV sites in greater Minnesota.

Meet Our New Coalition Coordinator!

September 20, 2012 in Archive, Practices & Principles, Research, Trainings

Welcome, Patricia Coldwell

Patricia Coldwell began her tenure as our Coalition Coordinator on September first. Patricia retired earlier this year from the Association of Minnesota Counties, where she served as the Legislative Coordinator and Health & Human Services Policy Analyst. Patricia also worked for almost 20 years in public health at the state and local levels. We are fortunate that Patricia was interested in a part-time position that would use her considerable public policy experience.

Policy Framework to Strengthen Home Visiting programs

September 19, 2012 in Archive, Practices & Principles

Home Visiting Campaign: Pew Center on the States

Pew has developed a  home visiting model policy framework (PDF). In this framework, Minnesota’s reporting requirements are cited as positive model for accountability.

Report Underscores Home Visiting ROI

August 20, 2012 in Archive, Practices & Principles, Research

Evidence-based home visiting that comprehensively addresses child and family factors influencing children’s health and development is a strategy to build school readiness of children. Wilder Research has recently published a report that indicates the “lifetime economic value in investing in healthy development and school readiness for each low-income child at risk of school failure in MN is estimated at $55,928.”  READ REPORT


July 20, 2012 in Archive, Practices & Principles, Trainings, Uncategorized

Nebraska Develops Online Home Visiting Training Modules

Reposted from ZERO TO THREE Policy Center

Nebraska released a Home Visiting Core Practices and Principles Online Training program in 2012, which provides information and resources that all home visitors can use. The training is made up of seven core modules designed to provide home visitors with the foundation for working with parents in the home. The modules focus on topics such as effective communication, family systems, cultural competency, observation and documentation, and care of self. Activities are embedded in the training, many of which require the home visitor to work with their supervisor, creating an opportunity for reflective supervision.

The training is available at no cost to anyone who is interested, including parents. Users can obtain certificates for individual modules or for completing the full training program by passing quizzes that are built into the system. It is also possible to log in as a guest (for parents and other non-home visitors) to view the content but not be required to take the tests.

The online training program was developed over the course of about a year using Part C ARRA funds. Most of the curriculum and content for the modules was adapted from an existing 6-day face-to-face training already being offered in the state. The online format was pursued in response to hearing from home visitors that the in-person training was too difficult to attend because of the time commitment and fees required. A cross-agency stakeholder group, which also included private home visiting funders, led the work to develop and disseminate the self-paced training program.  Read the rest of this entry →