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.
It 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 In Kansas
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 models and one promising approach are provided in these target communities:
Kansas MIECHV Program Goals
Deliver a coordinated, integrated system of evidence-based home visiting programs
Increase home visiting capacity and enrollment to serve more at-risk families
Engage and retain under-served, 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.