Tribal and Urban Indian Healthy Communities: Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Project
Contact: Jan Ward Olmstead, MPA, Public Health Policy and Project Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Visiting Project Report
What is Home Visiting?
Home visiting programs are a proven way to provide parents in need with effective tools to positively impact their children’s well-being and ensure a successful start. Research has proven the benefits of home visiting programs, including:
- Improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development.
- Increased school readiness.
- Reduction in the incidence of child maltreatment.
- Improved parenting related to child development outcomes.
- Improved socio-economic status.
- Greater coordination of referrals to community resources and supports.
- Reduced crime and domestic violence.
Why is this Important to the Tribes and Urban Indian Communities?
American Indian and Alaska Native health disparities among infants and pregnant women are a serious problem. American Indian pregnant women are more likely than women in any other racial group to get late or no prenatal care, smoke or abuse drugs or alcohol, have a mental health diagnosis, or suffered abuse by a partner. American Indians with Medicaid in Washington state experience higher risk factors for poor pregnancy outcomes, including mental health, alcohol and/or substance abuse, smoking, high preterm birth, infant mortality, and high and low birth weight babies.
Additionally, home visiting programs have strong linkages to strategies identified in AIHC’s Healthy Communities: Maternal Infant Strategic Plan, which sets out AIHC’s work to improve the health status of AI/AN mothers, babies, and families through recommended programs and strategies, including home visiting. See AIHC’s Healthy Communities: Maternal Infant Strategic Plan.
The 2018 Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Summit was held on Wednesday, November 14 at Tulalip Tribes.
5th Annual MIECH Home Visiting Summit (5.30.17)
Healthy Seven Generations: Healthy Babies, Healthy Children, Healthy Families- How do we get there? (1.26.17)
Highlight: Dr. Ann Bullock, (Minnesota Chippewa) Medical Director and Clinical Consultant, IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, who has done groundbreaking work in the role of prenatal and early life risk factors in the development of chronic disease and integrating services which address stress, trauma and depression. Dr. Bullock will assist us to understand the linkages between:
- Cultural appropriate home visiting and Maternal Infant Health Practice.
- Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Health and Risk Factors.
- Chronic Disease Rates.
- ACEs, Historical Trauma and Discrimination.
- Prevention at the Earliest Stages of Life and throughout the Life Course.
Home Visiting Archives
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