Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CDPHE Receives $3.7 million from US HHS for Home Visitation Programs for At-Risk Children

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to support expansion of evidence-based home visitation programs for at-risk children. 

Colorado is one of 10 states splitting nearly $72 million in awards released April 3 by the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program created by the Affordable Care Act.  Click here for the Program Factsheet.

These grants recognize states that have made significant progress in establishing home visiting programs and expanding capacity to reach more children. Home visiting programs provide health, child protection, early education and social services based on a family’s needs. Nurses, social workers or other professionals evaluate families in their homes and connect them to services that can improve children’s health, development and ability to learn.

“Caring community professionals working with at-risk families can make a real difference in the lives and futures of Colorado kids,” said Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “This Affordable Care Act investment allows us to continue our successful collaboration with dedicated community members to reach more children.”

Colorado has identified 15 urban and rural at-risk counties that could benefit most from the program. The department will use this Affordable Care Act funding to support state and local groups working to improve the health of mothers and babies, prepare children for school, reduce child maltreatment, improve parenting and improve coordination of community services and resources. 

The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program in Colorado is a collaboration among federal, state and local partners. Colorado partners include:
  • Invest in Kids – This nonprofit organization works with local communities to improve the health and well-being of low-income children and families by identifying, introducing, implementing and ultimately ensuring the success of research-based, proven programs. This includes the Nurse-Family Partnership, a nurse home visitation program for first-time, low-income mothers and their children.
  • Colorado Parent and Child Foundation – The foundation promotes two evidence-based home visiting programs, Parents as Teachers and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, that support high quality early childhood education programs, facilitate family initiatives to inspire parent involvement and school readiness, and provide parents with child development and school readiness information.
  • Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health (University of Colorado, The Children’s Hospital) – This program implements the Healthy Steps program, delivered during pediatric primary care well-child visits and augmented by home visits to support parenting and child development.
  • Head Start State Collaboration Office – This office supports the Early Head Start Home-Based Program to bring services to low income pregnant women, infants and toddlers. 

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