We recently participated in a regional Technical Assistance Coordinating Center (TACC) forum for the states in the Midwest (Region V) and Southeast (Region IV) that are expanding home visiting programs with federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grants. Home visiting and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant leaders in these states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin) and tribal nations work closely with regional directors of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Zero to Three TACC staff and their many local partners to expand access to evidence-based home visiting programs in their states.
The three-day forum entitled "Connect, Collaborate, Integrate" centered on strengthening integration of home visiting with other maternal and child health and early learning services and systems. State leaders started the forum with engaging presentations on the unique characteristics of their state. It was great to see these cross-state leaders sharing unique local challenges and successes with their peers.
After a thoughtful satellite discussion with Dr. David Willis (HRSA Director of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems), Dovetailing presented “Creating the Conditions for System Integration,” focused on system-building and planning strategies (with our Purposeful Engagement Approach, Continuum of Home Visiting Preparedness and Strength and Rural Home Visiting Theory of Action as examples) and use of system expansion levers, such as development of standards and coordinated professional development. The whole group then had an energizing problem-solving session, thinking about levers that individual states could use to create the conditions for system integration despite apparent obstacles.
We are pleased to work with these wise, passionate and determined champions for vulnerable families.