Kansas MIECHV Newsletter

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood 
Home Visiting Program


Welcome to the MIECHV monthly newsletter. We hope you will find the content informative.  
In This Issue

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

Kansas Home Visiting Website Launches
  A new website (www.kshomevisiting.org) gives families, home visitors, and communities a one-stop resource for Kansas home visiting services. The site, developed by KDHE in partnership with KU's Center for Public Partnerships and Research, identifies home visiting programs by county, provides information about home visiting program models and provides links to resources related to child development, maternal and child health, child safety, parenting tips and more.
 The website also contains resources for home visitors including the C.A.R.E. Toolkit, a new resource for home visitors to better engage and serve diverse populations. The toolkit contains webcasts, interactive webpages featuring information for specific cultures, and a variety of other resources.
ASQ Training Opportunity

 The Kansas Initiative for Developmental Ongoing Screening (KIDOS) is committed to developing a well-trained workforce by increasing the state's capacity to provide training on the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3™) and Ages and Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE). In March 2015, KIDOS hosted a Training of Trainers seminar provided by Brookes on Location in order to develop a cadre able to deliver high quality training.
 Trainers are located throughout the state and are available to provide ASQ training to Kansas community partners. There is no charge for the training. Trainings for each instrument are typically three hours in length. Topics covered during a training may include how to:
  • implement the ASQ-3™ and ASQ:SE effectively,
  • score questionnaires and interpret results,
  • identify developmental warning signs,
  • discuss results sensitively with families
  • understand the referral process, and
  • work with families from diverse cultural backgrounds.
 Visit the "ASQ Training" tab at www.screenearlystartstrong.org to find training opportunities in your area or to schedule a training for your organization or community. Contact Loretta Severin at lseverin@ku.edu for more information.

Local Program Update
 My Family in Cherokee County started a Facebook page in September of 2015. In just two months, the page has had 167 likes. It has proven to boost public awareness of the program with multiple posts being viewed over 300 times.
 Several families have told the My Family coordinator that they have been on the My Family Facebook page. The page provides general information about My Family, including contact information and a brief description of early childhood programs available to the public. Current articles on the importance of early childhood education are shared as well as local events and resources for Cherokee County.
Submitted by Tiffany Green, My Family Outreach Coordinator, Spring River Mental Health and Wellness, Cherokee County.

Did You Know?
From the Year 4 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015) Benchmark Report:
  • 577 families were served
  • 250 families were newly enrolled
  • 417 of the 577 families served continued to participate at year's end, a 72% retention rate.The national average is about 50%!
  • Referrals and safety plan completions in response to positive domestic violence screenings showed dramatic improvement.

Some other indicators showing improvement are:

  • breastfeeding duration
  • non-pregnant mothers receiving primary care visit (preconception care)
  • parental support for learning and development
  • parental emotional well-being
Upcoming Activities and Meetings
for MIECHV Partners
Dec. 3
Wyandotte County MIECHV Team, 1:00-4:00pm, Unified Government Public Health Department, 619 Ann Ave., 3rd Floor Operations Center, Kansas City, KS.
Dec. 4
Data/Evaluation/CQI Workgroup, 9:00-11:30am, KU-CPPR, 1617 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence.
Dec. 8
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training (MIECHV/non-MIECHV staff), 9:00am-noon, Location TBA, Kansas City, KS.
Dec. 8
Stress Management/Reduction and Self-Care Training (MIECHV/non-MIECHV staff), 1:00-4:00pm, Location TBA, Kansas City, KS.
Jan. 29
SE Kansas MIECHV Team, 10:00am - 2:00pm, Labette Center for Mental Health, 1730 Belmont, Parsons.

Past MIECHV Newsletters  

Past newsletters have been archived and can be accessed here
Contact Us    
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 This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program FY'15 Competitive Grant to States (Grant # D89MC28269, $9.4 million) awarded to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by KDHE, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.