MIECHV Newsletter

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

October 2014

Welcome to the MIECHV monthly newsletter. We hope you will find the content informative. Our website will launch Spring 2014.  
In This Issue
MIECHV Funding Update
Data and Reporting News
Local Program Innovation
Local Program Innovation
Upcoming Activities and Dates
Past MIECHV Newsletters

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 Partnership & Research
University of Kansas
Kathy Bigelow, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
University of Kansas

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MIECHV Funding Update


 The year 6 (FFY2015) formula and competitive expansion grant applications are being developed with input provided by State and local partners. The competitive application is due October 17th and the formula application is due November 3rd. Awards for both are to be confirmed prior to March 1, 2015, in line with the recent six-month federal MIECHV reauthorization. The project periods for these funds will be March 1, 2015 - September 30, 2017 (two years and seven months).

Data and Reporting News


 September marked the end of MIECHV year 3 reporting. The Kansas MIECHV Program is exercising the option to submit the year-end report early by October 15, 2014.  This will give the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the federal administrative agency and funding unit for MIECHV, more time to review our data and meet required federal timelines.  Currently, the data team at KU-CPPR is analyzing all the MIECHV data and compiling the annual performance report.  This report contains data from both formula and development grant activities.  HRSA, will use information provided in this report to determine if the state has demonstrated improvement across benchmarks from baseline.  At this time, Kansas MIECHV shows improvement on all benchmarks.   

Local Program Innovation

 Cathy Shald of My Family in Montgomery County wanted to try some new networking ideas to reach families directly. She teamed up with Four County Mental Health Center's Project Before staff, Stacie Ray, to hold a Hot Dog Night event at an apartment complex for low income families in Coffeyville. The event provided families with hotdogs and activities such as making homemade bubbles and learning how to turn empty milk jugs into a game of toss and catch. Families that didn't have transportation could walk right outside their apartment and attend. The event resulted in nine families signing up with My Family. In the following weeks, three families completed the intake process and began home visiting services. One of those families was a prenatal mom with two pregnant sisters that she referred to My Family. Now, when staff goes to the apartment complex for appointments, they are recognized and people understand what they are doing there.


The Hot Dog Night event was so successful, a Fall Fling was scheduled on October 1st at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville. My Family provided hot cocoa and cookies to attendees. Project Before helped families make paper bag pumpkins. Early Head Start and Parents as Teachers programs were invited to participate and provide an activity to share with families. We hope these events keep the community informed about our programs and what we provide to families with young children. Submitted by Nina Alexander, My Family Home Visiting Coordinator, Montgomery County.

Head Start Parent of the Year

 Jolene Morel, a Project Eagle home-based Early Head Start parent recently received recognition as both the Kansas Head Start Parent of the Year and the federal Region VII Head Start Parent of the Year.  She is an active participant in the parent committee and, as a member of Policy Council, supports other parents.  She is a tremendous advocate for her children and is actively engaged in their lives and their education.  She has pursued her own educational goals of becoming an accountant while working full time.  Jolene has two children: a one-year-old and a middle-school aged child.   Jolene and her family will receive her award at the Kansas Head Start Association meeting in January 2015.  Her name has also been forwarded in consideration for the national award which will be announced in January. Congratulations Jolene!

Upcoming Activities and Dates for MIECHV Partners
October 15-17Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Hyatt Regency in Wichita
October 23Wyandotte County MIECHV training "Parenting and Infant Toddler Mental Health, Part 1," Dr. Kathleen Baggett, 9:00-12:00, location TBA.
October 29Wyandotte County MIECHV Team, 9:00am-12:00pm, Unified Government Public Health Department, 3rd Floor Operations Center, Kansas City, KS.
October 30Wyandotte County MIECHV training "Parenting and Infant Toddler Mental Helath, Part 2," Dr. Kathleen Baggett, 9:00-12:00, Location TBA.
November 6Wyandotte County MIECHV training "Mindfulness and Self-Care," Marla Baldwin, LSCSW, 9:00-12:00, Location TBA, Kansas City, KS.
November 7SE Kansas MIECHV Team, 10:00-2:00, SEK-CAP, 401 North Sinnet, Girard, KS.
December 4
Wyandotte County MIECHV training "Trauma Informed Care," Jessica Mostaffa, LPC, 9:00-12:00, Location TBA, Kansas City, KS.
December 5
State MIECHV Data/Evaluation/CQI Workgroup, 9:00-11:30, CPPR, Lawrence, KS.
December 11Wyandotte County MIECHV Team, 1:00-4:00 pm, Unified Government Public Health Department, 3rd Floor Operations Center, Kansas City, KS.
January 9SE Kansas MIECHV Team, 10:00-2:00, Labette Center for Mental Health, Parsons, 1730 Belmont, Parsons, KS.
Past MIECHV Newsletters  

Past newsletters have been archived and can be accessed here
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