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May 1, 2015 in Archive, Trainings

Toxic Stress and Its Impact on Families and Home Visitors

In trauma-informed care, we pay attention to the stress continuum and the level of stress that children and families are experiencing. This training discusses how long-term exposure to stress affects the brain, children’s development, and implications for parenting. We also discuss the effects on home visitors’ health as well! Originally presented on March 26, 2015. 

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Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review

April 24, 2015 in Archive, Practices & Principles, Research

HV Effectiveness ReviewHome Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) was launched in fall 2009 to conduct a thorough and transparent review of the home visiting research literature and provide an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. This executive summary provides an overview of the HomVEE review process, a summary of the review results, and a link to the HomVEE website for more detailed information. The updated report includes 40 home visiting models. Read the Executive Summary

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July 9, 2014 in Archive, Trainings

Reflecting In Action: Responding to Difficult Interactions Between Parents and Young Children During Home Visits

Many home visitors are challenged by difficult interactions between parents and young children in the home. Parents scream, children may bite, home visitors may feel like getting a new job. Michele Fallon and Carol Siegel help home visitors prepare for and mange those difficult interactions: they discuss strategies to help facilitate parent’s understanding of their children’s behaviors as well as strategies to help home visitors respond to difficult interactions in the moment. While we know that there is no one solution for every difficulty, we can reflect ON action so that reflecting IN action can become more effective. WATCH THE WEBINAR

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June 9, 2014 in Archive, Trainings

Reflecting In Action: Responding to Difficult Interactions Between Parents and Young Children During Home Visits

Thursday, June 26; 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.register button
Michele Fallon and Carol Siegel

Many home visitors are challenged by difficult interactions between parents and young children in the home. Parents scream, children may bite, home visitors may feel like getting a new job. This webinar will help home visitors prepare for and mange those difficult interactions: We will discuss strategies to help facilitate parent’s understanding of their children’s behaviors as well as strategies to help home visitors respond to difficult interactions in the moment. While we know that there is no one solution for every difficulty, we can reflect ON action so that reflecting IN action can become more effective.

Fourth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs

April 7, 2014 in Archive, Trainings

Miss the Summit? We’ve Got You Covered

pew logoMore 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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MIECHV Funding Extended

April 4, 2014 in Archive

hv-mom-child-240With 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

2013 Home Visiting Reflection

December 17, 2013 in Archive, Uncategorized

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As we approach the end of 2013, I am struck by an evolution in the work done by the Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting and its member organizations. This evolution is occurring in both the practice and policy arenas.

Gradually, the Coalition has become a recognized go-to resource for information on home visiting for high risk families. We are also looked to for expertise on brain development for children prenatally to age five, especially those before age three. Our “Practice Matters” webinar series convened over 1,200 participants from various organizations statewide to develop common understanding of core competencies for home visiting staff and supervisors.

Home visiting organizations in Minnesota share a common strategy of working with children and families in the home setting, but these services are provided by many different organizations and professionals who utilize a variety of models. A key consensus item within the coalition is the need to identify a common set of outcomes and practice standards.

In 2014 we hope to continue to support Minnesota’s momentum to invest in early childhood, along with United Way and other Minneminds partners. A major goal is to develop/agree upon outcomes and standards for all targeted home visiting programs We hope to build on experiences from New Mexico and other states, as well as federal benchmarks now available. In that way, we are continuing to build our ‘learning community’. using best available practices to improve outcomes for high risk families. We are proud to be supported by United Way in this work an appreciate their support for our efforts.

Patricia Coldwell, coordinator, Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting

FROM THE HOME VISITING BLOG

December 17, 2013 in Archive, Uncategorized

Home Visiting Can Be a Lonely Job–We’re All in This Together

By Nancy Jost

team-collaborationAs 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 the rest of this entry →

In Case You Missed It…

October 14, 2013 in Archive, Trainings

Home Visiting with Immigrant and Refugee Families
Thursday, October 3; 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Carol Siegel, Jane Ellison, Sadio Aar and Florence Oriozi
Presenters will share lessons learned working with immigrant and refugee community members and multi-cultural home visitors. Voices from Latino, Somali, Sudanese, and other African parents will be included.

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”

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September 19, 2013 in Archive, Trainings

Home Visiting with Immigrant and Refugee Families
Thursday, October 3; 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Carol Siegel, Jane Ellison, Sadio Aar and Florence Oriozi
Presenters will share lessons learned working with immigrant and refugee community members and multi-cultural home visitors. Voices from Latino, Somali, Sudanese, and other African parents will be included. REGISTER NOW

This training opportunity is the last of a four part webinar series; view them live or archived and watched in one hour increments.