In September 2013, the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County became one of six 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 is the lead agency for 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 birth-4. 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 HSC’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) home visiting program contracts with REACHUP, Inc. to serve families in East Tampa, Sulphur Springs and Tampa Heights. First-time moms in zip codes 33602, 33603, 33604, 3605, 33607, 33610, 33612, 33613, 33614, 33615, 33617, 33619 and 33584 are eligible for services. NFP is an evidence-based, voluntary program that provides home visitation by a nurse 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. The nurse home visitors are registered nurses with a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing.
As of June 2018, our team of nurse home visitors have served 124 families in Hillsborough County, and have completed 2,082 visits in the previous year.
During 2017, 86% of New Mothers Received a Postpartum Check-up from their Medical Providers, 86% of participants were screened for Depression , 89% of new mothers breastfed and 34% continued for at least 6 months , 81% of children received a developmental screening, 90% of participants were screened for Intimate Partner Violence and 98% of children had no investigated reports of maltreatment.
Extensive research of the NFP program has produced consistent program effects that included improved prenatal health, fewer childhood injuries, a 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 Florida MIECHV program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HRSA #D90MC25705).