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Ohio’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant

A collaborative partnership at the federal, state, and community levels, the overall goal of Ohio’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative is to improve child and family outcomes by implementing evidence-based home visiting within the Help Me Grow (HMG) program. HMG provides comprehensive health and wellness assessments, linkage and referral to identified community-based supports, and research-informed parenting education curriculum for eligible Ohio families. As lead agency, the Ohio Department of Health is charged with execution of the statutory purposes and requirements of the program.

Authorized by the Social Security Act, Title V, Section 511 (42 USC 711), as amended by Section 2951 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. No. 111-148), the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), requires state grantees to use MIECHV funding to: (1) strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V; (2) expand and improve the coordination of services within at-risk communities; and (3) provide evidence-based home visiting services to those families who are most in need of support in providing safe, nurturing environments for children.

The legislatively mandated MIECHV benchmarks are:

  1. Improvements in maternal and newborn health;
  2. Improvements in school readiness and achievement;
  3. Improvements in Family Economic Self-Sufficiency;
  4. Reduction of Child Injuries, Child Abuse, Neglect, or Maltreatment and Reduction of Emergency Department Visits;
  5. Reduction of Domestic Violence;
  6. Improvement in Coordination and Referrals for other Community Resources and Supports

For a description of Ohio's benchmarks and indicators, click here (coming soon)

Ensuring Effectiveness in Ohio

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services launched the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) to conduct a thorough and clear review of home visiting program models to ensure effectiveness. While grantees are able to select one of several service delivery models for MIECHV, Ohio has chosen to implement:

Ohio Communities Implementing MIECHV

(coming soon)

Ohio’s current MIECHV Continuous Quality Improvement Plan

Other MIECHV Resources

National Home Visiting CoIIN: The Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems has launched a Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN). Initiated in September, 2013 through a three-year cooperative agreement with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), the mission of the HV CoIIN is to achieve breakthrough improvements in select process and outcome measures, including benchmark areas legislatively mandated for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, while reducing or maintaining program costs. The mission also includes developing the means to spread the initial learning and improvements more widely within participating organizations and to other MIECHV grantees and local implementing agencies.

The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) is a legislatively mandated, large-scale evaluation of the effectiveness of home visiting programs funded by MIECHV. It will systematically estimate the effects of MIECHV home visiting programs on a wide range of outcomes and study the variation in how programs are implemented.

Ohio Updated State Plan (PDF) (coming soon)

Ohio Statewide Needs Assessment Narrative and Appendices (PDF) (coming soon)

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