Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc. became one of six new sites serving eight high-need communities to implement home visiting programs as part of the Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative.
The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. is the lead agency for implementing the MIECHV initiative, a federally-funded effort to expand the use of evidence-based home visiting services and strengthen the continuum of care available to families with children age 0-4 who live in high-need communities. The goal of MIECHV is to better equip parents and other caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and tools to assist their children in being healthy, safe, and ready to succeed in school.
The Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc. will offer the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) home visiting program and contract with REACHUP, Inc. to serve families in East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Tampa Heights. NFP is an evidence-based, voluntary program that provides services to first-time mothers by the 28th week of pregnancy. The content of home prenatal and postpartum visits is governed by six domains: Personal Health, Environmental Health, Life Course, Maternal Role, Friends and Family and Health and Human Services.
Extensive research of the Nurse Family Partnership program has produced consistent program effects that included improved prenatal health, fewer childhood injuries, fewer subsequent pregnancies, increased intervals between births, increased maternal employment, and improved school readiness.
The home visiting initiative was established in Section 2951 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) amending Title V of the Social Security Act. The FL MIECHV program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HRSA #D90MC25705).
Brenda Breslow, MPH
Director of Programs