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Pennsylvania Awarded Federal Grant to Support Evidence-Based Home Visit Programs

November 14, 2017

Governor Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services received a federal grant of $11.7 million in support of a state program that benefits Pennsylvania’s families.

The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program was established during March 2010, as part of the Affordable Care Act through an amendment to Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935. The federal program called for the implementation of a structured home visiting program to teach parents in at-risk communities how to care for infants and better understand their child’s development, improve their families’ overall health through better food choices and preventive care, and how to access community resources, such as employment and child care support.

Evidence-based home visit programs are one of many effective ways to realize positive gains in:

  • Improved maternal and newborn health
  • Positive parenting skills
  • School readiness
  • Preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Improved community health
  • Crime reduction
  • Increased use of community support resources

Nationally, during 2016, more than 160,000 parents and children benefited from the program.

According to the Governor’s press release, during 2016, Pennsylvania’s program supported 39,307 home visits to 6,574 parents and children in 3,282 families.

The new federal grant will support four home visiting programs—Nurse Family Partnership, Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers, and Healthy Families America—and more Pennsylvania families will benefit from in-home visits.

HAP and its member hospitals and health systems continue to advocate for and support programs that build healthier Pennsylvania communities. From implementing programs that address food insecurity, to free or low-cost medical screening and flu shots, to assessing population health needs, Pennsylvania’s health care community remains committed to the needs of all Pennsylvanians.

For more information about population health, contact Rob Shipp, HAP’s vice president, population health strategies.

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