Kansas MIECHV Newsletter

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood 
Home Visiting Program
February 2017


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

Family-Centered Approach Brief
   Home Visiting in Kansas: Family-Centered Approach Results in Parental Growth, Continued Participation is the fourth brief resulting from interviews with families in MIECHV communities conducted by the Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas. This brief shares family input about why the family-centered approach helps families stay engaged in home visiting programs and increases parental growth. The brief is available at www.kshomevisiting.org/briefs/  . Please share with staff, partners, stakeholders, and the public as appropriate. Prior published briefs and future briefs may be found at the same link.
2017 CQI Plan 
   Continuous Quality Improvement, or CQI, is an ongoing process of examining program data and taking steps to improve practices and processes through systematic assessment and feedback of information. The CQI process places great emphasis on a "culture of improvement" through testing, shared learning, and the understanding that "failure is an option." A "Plan-Do-Study-Act" (PDSA) approach is utilized for the CQI work - each step in the process will inform future steps. Program staff, supervisors, administrators, and members of the MIECHV data and evaluation team are all active members of the CQI team and have a role in the collection and evaluation of CQI data. Collective decision making based on these data are aimed at improving program processes and procedures that will benefit families. The Kansas MIECHV 2017 CQI Plan mission is focused on parent engagement and retention with four goals:
  Goal 1: Initiate and increase utilization of the Integrated Referral and Intake System (IRIS) by each home visiting program.
  Goal 2: Increase number of referrals that result in a successful enrollment in home visiting services.
  Goal 3: Improve family retention at 3 and 6 months following enrollment.
  Goal 4: Improve methods by which family involvement and engagement is assessed.
MIECHV Monitoring Site Visits
   In 2016, new monitoring procedures including annual site visits were instituted with all MIECHV Program local implementing agencies. These procedures and visits are to ensure contracted federal funds are in compliance with laws and regulations, and that program performance goals are achieved. The recent monitoring site visits by KDHE Home Visiting Program director Debbie Richardson and administrative consultant Phyllis Marmon identified the strengths and challenges of MIECHV Program service partners. The process was rated as a valuable, supportive, respectful and a positive experience.
  Reviewers met with families and home visitors at each site to gather their input and perceptions of home visiting. Parents are universally pleased with home visiting programs. They appreciate the flexibility of scheduling visits, the information and activities provided, and the trust they have in their home visitor, and they hope programs will continue. Home visitors are passionate about helping families and seeing them succeed. A home visitor noted that seeing a parent years later and being thanked because the home visiting program helped them have a better quality of life is very rewarding. Program supervisors are knowledgeable and supportive which is reflected in their willingness to meet and discuss issues during scheduled meetings, through open door policies and through reflective supervision practices.
  Each agency received a summary of their site visit and, as needed, instructions and timelines for a program improvement plan. Plans for 2017 site visits are underway and programs will receive further information soon.
What's Happening at the State Level? 
   The initial Kansas Home Visiting Network webinar was conducted on January 27. The webinar presented an overview and walk-through of features and resources available on the Kansas Home Visiting website http://kshomevisiting.org  . A recording of the webinar is posted on the website for others to view at http://kshomevisiting.org/whats-new/. Additional webinars on topics such as collaboration between domestic violence and home visiting programs and professional development will be scheduled on a quarterly basis. Webinars will be open to all home visiting partners statewide with the purpose of sharing information and building connections across the home visiting community.
Upcoming Activities and Meetings
for MIECHV Partners
February 27   
Home Visiting/Domestic Violence Collaboration workgroup, 1-3 p.m. KCSDV Office - 634 SW Harrison, Topeka.
March 3     
SE Kansas MIECHV Team meeting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Labette Center for Mental Health, 1730 Belmont, Parsons.
March 3 
Mental Health First Aid, 1-4 p.m., Children's Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS. Contact: Jessica Mostaffa mostaffa@thefamilyconservancy.org 
March 28
State Home Visiting Leadership Group meeting, 1-4 p.m. Prairie Room, Curtis Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Topeka.   
April 20     
Wyandotte Co. MIECHV Team meeting, 9 a.m.-noon. TBD. Kansas City, KS. 
May 3-5     
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.