What is MIECHV?
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program gives pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.
MIECHV in Kansas
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program began in 2010 as a five-year, federal initiative to improve the health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs provided to pregnant women and children birth to age 5.
MIECHV facilitates national, state, and local program collaboration to:
- Strengthen and improve programs and activities carried out under the Title V Maternal & Child Health Program
- Improve coordination of services for at-risk communities; and
- Identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities.
The Kansas MIECHV Program targets two high-need communities: urban Wyandotte County and rural Southeast Kansas, including Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, and Wilson counties.
Three evidence-based home visiting program models—Parents as Teachers, Healthy Families America, and Early Head Start — are provided in these target communities, as well as a promising approach, Team for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse (TIES) in Wyandotte County. Coordinated, centralized outreach and referral systems have developed and been utilized in both areas.
Specific Kansas MIECHV Program goals are to:
- Deliver a coordinated, integrated system of evidence-based home visiting programs with high model fidelity and quality to families with pregnant women and children (0-5) in at-risk communities.
- Increase home visiting capacity and enrollment to serve more at-risk families.
- Effectively engage and retain underserved, hard-to-reach populations in home visiting services.
- Improve child and maternal outcomes through enhanced interventions.
- Enhance home visiting system and service coordination.
- Utilize a coordinated, integrated system to determine outcomes and quality of home visiting programs.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) administers the Kansas MIECHV Program with grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. KDHE contracts with the Center for Public Partnerships and Research and the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas to ensure that data reporting, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement requirements are met. Kansas MIECHV prioritizes data-informed practice and program accountability to a state and federally approved benchmark plan.