Who we are…
In 2010, a workgroup composed of various Kansas public and private early childhood, health, and university partners was convened to facilitate coordination and planning of statewide home visiting programs. In particular, this workgroup provided guidance and support for the State’s planning and implementation of the newly authorized federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.
Following a state strategic planning process undertaken and completed in 2014, the previous workgroup transitioned into the State Home Visiting Leadership Group with the following collaborative partners:
- Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund
- Kansas Children’s Service League (Healthy Families)
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment (Bureau of Family Health, Home Visiting and Part C Infant Toddler Services)
- Kansas Department for Children and Families (Children’s Services, Kansas Early Head Start)
- Kansas Head Start Association
- Kansas State Department of Education (Parents as Teachers)
- Project EAGLE Community Programs, University of Kansas Medical Center
- University of Kansas, Center for Public Partnerships and Research
The role of the State Home Visiting Leadership Group is to:
- Coordinate, guide and advise statewide home visiting services and activities in Kansas;
- Promote home visiting as an essential and effective practice;
- Operationalize and be accountable for the Kansas Home Visiting Strategic Plan;
- Coordinate and communicate the status and effectiveness of home visiting services; and
- Inform and track data and progress related to implementation and ongoing program improvement of home visiting services.
Healthy Families, Thriving Children, Strong Communities
Develop and advance a unified statewide system of home visiting services to improve outcomes for families and children, prenatal to five years of age.
- We measure and promote quality improvement of home visiting services.
- We educate our staff to make services culturally responsive and appropriate to the diverse populations we serve.
- We identify key indicators and monitor demographic data to promote equity in the provision of home visiting services.
- We promote service coordination and integration of partnerships between professionals and families to maximize family well-being.
- We facilitate information-sharing and ongoing communication between professionals and families to increase transparency, trust and commitment.
- We implement strategies to ensure the sustainability of evidence-based home visiting services.
Kansas Home Visiting Strategic Plan 2014-2017
- Promote centralized intake and referral systems to ensure more families have the opportunity to access appropriate home visiting services and other family supports.
- Advance state capacity and sustainability of quality home visiting services.
- Establish an annual outcomes report of evidence-based home visiting across the state that contributes to data-informed decision making at local, state and national levels.
- Effectively communicate the value and benefits of home visiting to improve access and capacity in Kansas.
- Support further development of a skilled, knowledgeable, competent, and effective professional work force to deliver home visiting services.
This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program Development Grant to States (Grant # D89MC25208, $5,805,587) awarded to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by KDHE, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.