Importance of Home Visiting
Culturally responsive, quality home visiting has proven to be an effective service delivery model that strengthens families, children, and communities, leading to self-sufficiency, lower health costs, and school readiness.
A healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby are not only critical to the immediate well-being of mother and child, but are also integral to the long-term health and success of the family and community.
In addition to her work with the First Born home visiting model, Early Childhood Program Director Anna Marie Garcia worked with consultant Marisol Atkin, the University of New Mexico, Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) to develop a statewide home visiting capacity map. This interactive, online tool displays available programs, the number of families each can accommodate, number of annual births, estimated service need and needs met within each NM county.
Successful home visiting programs integrate the following:
- Community: incorporation of local priorities through active community involvement, understanding, and collaboration lead to a partnership that aligns resources with a strong network and referral system. (understanding of community resources)
- Medical Support: integrated medical community relationships and referrals as well as up-to date-information (positive health outcomes)
- Qualified Staff: rigorous staffing requirements and ongoing training, culturally sensitive home visitors, high-quality reflective supervision, strong administrative support, and professional development
- Exceptional Resources: curricula and supporting materials tailored to an individual family’s needs and learning style
- Program Structure: clearly articulated theory, implementation protocols, culturally appropriate components, program model fidelity, and high recruitment and retention rates (research-based)
- Ongoing Evaluation: consistent data collection and analysis, and measurement of impacts to ensure quality of service
- Spirit of Collaboration: shared best practices and professional development opportunities
- Family-centered Practice: program alignment with family needs, identifying and tailoring goals to meet immediate and future desired outcomes (builds family capacity)