Kansas MIECHV Newsletter

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood 
Home Visiting Program
December 2016


Welcome to the MIECHV monthly newsletter. We hope you will find the content informative.  
In This Issue

Key Contacts 
State MIECHV Lead:
Debbie Richardson, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Maternal & Child Health Home Visiting
Bureau of Family Health
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

MIECHV Benchmark Reporting, Performance Management & Evaluation:
Teri A. Garstka, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Center for Public Partnerships & Research
University of Kansas
Kathy Bigelow, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
University of Kansas

Kansas Awarded MIECHV Innovation Funding
  We are pleased to announce that Kansas has received one of only nine MIECHV Innovation funding awards. This funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovations to strengthen and improve delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality voluntary home visiting services to eligible families. The Kansas Innovation project goal is to improve coordination of and engagement in MIECHV-funded home visiting programs within the larger system of early childhood, maternal and child health, and social services through a family-centered Connected Community/Connected Family approach. This is to ensure that every family in need is effectively linked to the right services and resources in a timely and systematic way. To achieve this goal, we will engage multi-sector partners to develop a shared vision and processes, and implement an innovative web-based tool (IRIS - Integrated Referral and Intake System) to facilitate communications around outreach, referrals, and warm-hand offs. Project components will also support and encourage family participation in their own engagement process with community partners. The Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas will coordinate and evaluate the project. The Innovation award period is December 1, 2016-November 30, 2018. For more information, see http://bit.ly/2gJQyh7
Domestic Violence and Home Visiting Collaboration
   The Kansas Coalition for Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) provided Home Visitation and Domestic Violence: Enhancing Safety and Support for Children and Families training in MIECHV communities last summer. The full day training provided information to better assist home visiting staff work with families facing domestic and sexual violence issues. Local domestic violence programs provided information about their programs and services at each training. In November and December, local MIECHV teams and domestic violence service providers met to further share information and lay the foundation for improved collaboration and coordination. Also, KCSDV presented the full day training for over 60 individuals at the 2016 Governor's Conference for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Plans are under development to roll out the training, other resource materials, and lessons learned from the MIECHV collaborative efforts statewide.
Brief on Family Perspectives
   A third MIECHV Program brief, Family Perspectives on Home Visiting in Kansas: The Start of Something Great is now available. This brief provides family insights and experiences of participants in home visiting services in MIECHV counties gathered from interviews with families conducted by the Center for Public Partnerships and Research at KU. These insights include the importance of a family-centered approach, their relationship with their home visitor and public perceptions of home visiting programs. The brief is available at www.kshomevisiting.org/briefs/
  Please share with partners, stakeholders, and the public as appropriate. Prior published briefs and future briefs can be found at the same link.  
Annual Data Report 
   The annual data report for the Kansas MIECHV Program was submitted to HRSA in October. The report included data on home visiting services, participant demographics, and benchmarks for October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Notably:
  • 661 families were enrolled and served, an increase over prior years (FY'15 - 577; FY'14 - 494)
  • 9,038 home visits were conducted
  • Continued improvement occurred across multiple Benchmark constructs.
Healthcare Insurance Coverage Toolkit
  A requirement of the MIECHV Program is to assist families in accessing health insurance coverage. To provide current resource information, a Healthcare Insurance Coverage Toolkit was recently developed. The toolkit is available for use by any home visiting or early childhood program at the Kansas Home Visiting website. 
What's Happening at the State Level? 
   The Kansas Home Visiting Sustainability subcommittee completed a statewide survey of early childhood and home visiting programs to gauge interest in a State Home Visiting Network. Survey results, received from a cross section of organizations and from all areas of the state, indicated a strong interest in developing a network to facilitate professional development, collaboration building and information sharing. Topics of particular interest include family engagement and retention, recruitment and outreach, home visitor competencies and more. Respondents indicated a preference for quarterly participation, primarily through email or webinars. A Network email list has been developed and an initial "welcome" email was sent in September. If you are interested in participating in the Network, please contact Betsy Thompson at  betsythompson@ku.edu. An initial Kansas Home Visiting Network webinar is scheduled for January 27th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The webinar will provide an overview of the Kansas Home Visiting website. Register here.
Federal Home Visiting Infographic
  See a new infographic from HRSA that provides a snapshot of the federal MIECHV Program nationwide.
Upcoming Activities and Meetings
for MIECHV Partners
January 11  
ASQ-3/ASQ:SE-2 Training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Labette Center for Mental Health, 1730 Belmont, Parsons. To register contact: Betsy Thompson at betsythompson@ku.edu.
January 12    
State Home Visiting Leadership Group meeting, 9 a.m.-noon. Flint Hills Room, Curtis Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Topeka.
January 13
SE Kansas MIECHV Team meeting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Labette Center for Mental Health, 1730 Belmont, Parsons.  
January 20    
Building Skills and Knowledge for Cross-Cultural Home Visits, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Labette Center for Mental Health, 1730 Belmont, Parsons. Contact: Betsy Thompson at betsythompson@ku.edu.
January 20    
ASQ-3/ASQ:SE-2 Training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Children's Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota St, Kansas City. To register, contact: Betsy Thompson at betsythompson@ku.edu. 
January 27
Kansas Home Visiting Website webinar, 1:30-2 p.m. Register here. 
February 2  
Sustainability Planning Workgroup, 10-11 a.m. Conference Call 
February 3
Data/Evaluation/CQI Workgroup, 9 a.m.-noon, KU-CPPR, 1617 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence.
May 4-5   Early Childhood & Learning Training Conference, Ramada Inn, Topeka. Contact: navigatingthefuture@gmail.com. 

Past MIECHV Newsletters  

Past newsletters have been archived and can be accessed here
Contact Us    
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 This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program FY'15 Competitive Grant to States (Grant # D89MC28269, $9.4 million) awarded to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by KDHE, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.