The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program has achieved great successes in improving health outcomes, advancing health equity, and supporting families from historically marginalized populations. Yet there is an urgent need to strengthen and support the MIECHV workforce by addressing issues that impact recruitment, retention, training, and well-being.
To respond to this challenge, EDC and our partners co-lead the Institute for Home Visiting Workforce Development (the Institute) and the Jackie Walorski Center for Evidence-Based Case Management (the Center). Our partnership is developing systems to improve the quality of MIECHV services, support home visitor professional development and well-being, and reduce costs and disruption related to frequent staff turnover and retraining.
The project team is carrying out the following activities:
- Analyzing MIECHV workforce trends and advancing knowledge of workforce practices
- Identifying effective strategies to support home visitors and supervisors
- Providing technical assistance to promote programs’ use of these strategies
- Developing a professional development program to meet the varied needs of the home visiting workforce
- Identifying, evaluating, and disseminating best practices and strategies for case management in home visiting
- The Institute will build the capacity of home visiting programs to expand, support, and retain a diverse and highly qualified workforce.
- The Center will advance the use of effective strengths-based home visiting case management practices in home visiting.
James Bell Associates; Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals; Start Early