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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


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 →

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 →