Volume XVI | Issue 2 | Fall 2016
By participating in home visiting programs, families can receive support from a variety of professionals from health, social service, and education sectors.

Coordination for home visiting

New project fosters collaboration in Coos, Douglas and Siskiyou county programs

When it comes to strengthening families and improving the health of women and young children, home visiting is a proven strategy. Programs are voluntary and serve families from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of needs.

By participating in home visiting programs, families can receive support from a variety of professionals, including health, social service, and education professionals. Through regular home visits, parents have increased access to resources and critical information to support their children’s healthy development.

 “The home visiting service delivery model is about building a relationship and supporting the family in its own home,” says Robin Hill-Dunbar, a program officer with The Ford Family Foundation. “Parents can access health screenings, emotional support, and  connections to other services in the community through a trusting relationship with their home visitor.”

Planned and supported coordination across multiple home visiting agencies can help identify gaps in service and resources in our regions as well as strengths. A major aim of the coordinating across models is to improve the intake and referral processes so that families receive the best fit home visiting services available. 

New multi-year early childhood project

The Ford Family Foundation recently launched a multi-year project to foster collaborative relationships between home visiting programs, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for parents and children and improvement of each region’s capacity to serve families.

The program aims to develop a coordinated system in Douglas, Coos and Siskiyou counties that strengthen and benefit all home visiting programs, as part of each region’s greater birth-to-five early childhood development system.

The project had three specific goals: create a common referral process, a professional development plan for all home visitation providers and a regional communication plan.

The program kicked off in June. One full-time coordinator has been hired in each of the three core counties to build relationships across multiple home visiting program models, as well as establish an advisory group that will co-design and implement each of the three elements of the coordinated system.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone to support collaboration,” Hill-Dunbar says. “The Foundation’s support can help ensure all the home visiting programs have an opportunity to meet on a regular basis, and have an agreed-on process for referrals,  shared professional development and communication.”

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