Project Title: Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Formula Grant Program-AK Recipient Name: Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Women's, Children's and Family Health (WCFH)
Mailing Address: 3601 C Street, Ste. 322, Anchorage, AK 99503-5923
Project Director: Rebekah Morisse
Program Manager: Christie Reinhardt
Contact Numbers: 907-269-4762
Web site: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/wcfh/
Annotation: Home visiting is a strategy towards a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood system promoting maternal, infant, and early childhood health, safety, and development. The State of Alaska MIECHV project provides evidence-based home visiting services to at-risk families and seeks to improve maternal and infant health outcomes, improve school readiness, increase economic self-sufficiency, better coordinate needed referrals to services for families, and decrease child maltreatment.
Goals and Objectives: The goals are to provide high-quality nurse home visitation services to at-risk as defined by WIC or Medicaid eligible to pregnant women and their children within the Municipality of Anchorage and Mat-Su Boroughs, continue an evaluation process to collect additional data for program improvement and effectiveness, integrate home visiting into a comprehensive, high-quality system of services for the early childhood population, and strive for project sustainability. Objectives:
1) By 9/29/24, 200 families in Anchorage and Mat-Su will be enrolled and receiving services
2) By 9/29/24, the TCHAP NFP program will have an annual attrition rate of <20% or less during the Infancy time period.
3) By 9/29/24, the NHVs will have received at least nine continuing education trainings
4) By 9/29/23, Alaska will demonstrate quantified improvement of the three CQI goals developed and outlined in the 2022 CQI Plan Update.
5) By 9/29/24, develop and launch a new Alaska Home Visiting resource website.
6) By 9/29/24, demonstrate a 20% increase in monthly referrals from the 9/29/21 baseline of 14.
7) By 9/29/24 WCFH and TCHAP NFP will participate in at least five early childhood systems initiatives or collaborations.
8) By 9/29/2024, WCFH and partners will collaborate with partner to explore infrastructure, funding and advocacy opportunities to support home visiting as an integral part of early childhood health and systems work.
Methodology: Nurse Family Partnership® (NFP) is an evidence-based model designed for first-time, low-income mothers and their children. It includes one-on-one home visits by a Bachelor of Nursing-prepared registered nurse beginning early in pregnancy (no later than 28 weeks gestation) and concludes when the child reaches age two. The new NFPx initiative will expand eligibility to include some multiparous and late enrolling clients. At-risk is defined by being Medicaid or WIC eligible. The service area is the Municipality of Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough. The total service capacity of the current program is 200 families at any given time. The number of proposed case slots for FY21, FY22, and FY23 will continue at 200 for each federal fiscal year. The Alaska MIECHV program will collaborate with other state home visiting programs, health care providers, Medicaid/CHIP, the NFP National Service Office, and other State and social service agencies who serve this high risk population.
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