Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (pages 216-225), the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is a partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, and community-based organizations. The main goals of the Illinois MIECHV program are to expand or enhance one or more evidence-based models of home visiting to strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program; ensure that the home visiting programs are effectively connected to community based services; establish a system of universal screening and coordinated intake in target areas; and enhance or establish an early childhood collaborative in target areas.
Targeted participant outcomes include:
• improved maternal and child health;
• prevention of child injuries,
• child maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits;
• improvement in school readiness and achievement;
• reduction in crime or domestic violence;
• improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and
• improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in its policy statement “The Role of Preschool Home Visiting Programs in Improving Health and Developmental Outcomes” (February 2009), recommends that pediatricians should become aware of and participate in the development of home-visiting programs in their communities. It also states that there is ample reason to believe that the synergy of home visitors working with pediatric clinicians could have positive effects on child health and development, and calls for free-flowing communication between home visitors and pediatricians.
A home visiting program uses trained home visitors to provide direct services to pregnant women or children from birth to age 5. Home visiting services are free and voluntary. There are no charges for the services, and families can choose to accept or decline the services. All home visiting services are confidential. Services provided can include parenting classes, support groups, health care services, counseling, child care and preschool, or developmental services.
An evidence-based home visiting program model is one that is based on theory and has shown a positive effect on child development. The MIECHV evidence-based home visiting program models used in Illinois are:
• Home-based Early Head Start (EHS)
• Healthy Families America (HFA)
• Nurse-Family Partnerships (NFP) and
• Parents as Teachers (PAT).
ICAAP has collaborated with Illinois Health Connect (IHC) and their Quality Assurance Nurses (QAN) and Provider Service Representatives (PSR) to ensure that medical homes within the MIECHV communities receive information to understand the scope of MIECHV work, the home visiting programs involved, and the value of the Care Coordination Form. As part of this effort, ICAAP has developed a separate form for medical homes to use when formally referring a patient/family for home visiting services (see Resources for Medical Homes).
The 6 communities participating in the Illinois MIECHV program include:
• Englewood, West Englewood, and Greater Grand Crossing;
• Cicero Township;
• the city of Elgin
• the city of Rockford
• Macon county
• Vermilion county
Resources and important forms designed specifically for the needs of medical homes can be found on this page.
View pilot forms and other resources designed for the unique needs of home visitors on this page.
This page houses links to helpful resources, including additional provider referral resources, resources for families, and trainings for both medical homes and home visitors.
For more information about the MIECHV Project please contact:
Elise Groenewegen, Manager, Child Development Initiatives
P: 312/733-1026, ext 204