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 
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State MIECHV Lead:
Debbie Richardson, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Maternal & Child Health Home Visiting
Bureau of Family Health
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
785-296-1311

MIECHV Benchmark Reporting, Performance Management & Evaluation:
Teri A. Garstka, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Center for Public Partnerships & Research
University of Kansas
785-864-3329
 
MIECHV CQI:
Kathy Bigelow, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
University of Kansas
913-321-3143
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National MIECHV Program Fact Sheet
 
 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released the updated Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program National Fact Sheet. The fact sheet is now available on HRSA's Home Visiting Program website
 
Wyandotte County Home Visitor Forum

 On March 10th, home visitors from Wyandotte County MIECHV programs attended a Home Visitor Forum in Kansas City, Kansas. The forum provided an opportunity to meet home visitors from other programs and to learn about each other's programs. An overview of the MIECHV Program opened the forum, followed by a brief presentation by each home visiting model. To promote collaboration and information sharing, a good portion of the forum was devoted to informal networking while exploring displays provided by each program. The Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Family Conservancy's Moving Beyond Depression program also participated. Home visitors gathered signatures from representatives at each display to become eligible for a raffle of items donated by MIECHV partners. Home visitors were enthusiastic about the event and indicated they learned something they didn't know about another program and were glad to meet other home visitors. 
Local Program Success
 
  A mom with multiple challenges including selling drugs, prostitution, multiple interstate moves, termination of parental rights on her three oldest children and involvement in a number of abusive relationships enrolled in TIES. At intake, the index child was in state custody due to a positive drug screen at birth and an abuse history by the father. Within months, mom was pregnant again. TIES Family Support and Parent Resource Specialists quickly built a rapport with mom, meeting with her on at least a weekly basis as well as engaging the father as he was available. Mom worked tirelessly to complete court requirements to reunify with her infant child. The index child returned home within a year and by the time the family completed the program, mom had been able to maintain her sobriety for nearly two years, become proficient in short- and long-term goal planning, secure stable housing, learn how to read the cues of her children and maintain a strong attachment to both of them. She has procured long-term birth control, and has an increased sense of empowerment, self-esteem, and self-advocacy skills. Mom also identified the negative components of her relationship with the children's father and separated from that partner. Mom stated that having non-judgmental workers who showed up every week and offered support and encouragement to her and her children was the most important part of the program for her, and we believe her participation in the TIES Program played an instrumental role in her family's success.
 
Submitted by Oneta Templeton, TIES (Team for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse) Program, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City. 
Did You Know?

The federal MIECHV grant funds to Kansas have substantially expanded home visiting services and caseload capacity in Wyandotte County and five counties in Southeast Kansas (Montgomery, Labette, Cherokee, Neosho, and Wilson).  
  • 36 full-time home visitors and caseloads have been added since 2011 and are presently funded to serve a collective caseload total of 511 families.
  • From January through December 2015, combined caseload enrollment increased about 18%.
  • At the end of December, over 400 families were collectively enrolled.
Upcoming Activities and Meetings
for MIECHV Partners
 
April 1     
 
 
Data/Evaluation/CQI Workgroup, 9-11:30 a.m., KU-CPPR,
1617 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence
April 12  
Wyandotte County MIECHV Team, 1-4 p.m., Unified Government Public Health Department, 619 Ann Ave., 3rd Floor Operations Center, Kansas City, KS 
April 13  
New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age (Ethics Credits), 9 a.m.-noon, Children's Campus, 444 Minnesota, Kansas City, KS. Contact: Jessica Mostaffa at jmostaffa@thefamilyconservancy.org or Stevie Spiegel at sspiegel@thefamilyconservancy.org.
April 22  
Breastfeeding 101, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Via Christi Hospital
1 Mt. Carmel Way, DePaul Hall, Pittsburg. Contact Diane VanBecelaere at  dvanbecelaere@crawfordcohd.org or 620-231-5411 for more information.
April 27-28  
KAIMH Spring Conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Ball Conference Center, 21350 West 153rd St., Olathe. Conference registration information at http://www.kaimh.org/conference.  
May 6  
SE Kansas MIECHV Team, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Parsons Public Library, 311 S. 17th St, Parsons.
May 10 
 
State Home Visiting Leadership Group, 9 a.m.- noon, Curtis Building/KDHE, Topeka.
May 12   
 
Cultural Competency, 1-4 p.m., KCKSPS Central Office & Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, KS. 
Contact: Jessica Mostaffa at jmostaffa@thefamilyconservancy.org or Stevie Spiegel at sspiegel@thefamilyconservancy.org.
May 18 
Mindfulness, Compassion Fatigue, Self-Care (Part 1), presented by Shelley Mayse, 9 a.m.-noon, Children's Campus, 444 Minnesota, Kansas City, KS. Contact: Shelley Mayse at shelleymayse@everestkc.net or 913-568-7515.  
May 20    
State Home Visiting/Domestic Violence Collaboration Meeting, 1:30-3:30 p.m., KCSDV Office, 634 SW Harrison, Topeka.
May 24   
 
KCSDV Domestic Violence training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Location TBD, Kansas City, KS. Contact: Shelly Newman at snewman@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784 x314.
May 27
 
KCSDV Domestic Violence training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Greenbush Educational Center, Girard. Contact: Shelly Newman at snewman@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784 x314.
May 31 
KCSDV Domestic Violence training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Location TBD, Kansas City, KS. Contact: Shelly Newman at snewman@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784 x314.
 
June 2 
Wyandotte County MIECHV Team, 1-4 p.m., Unified Government Public Health Dept., 619 Ann Ave., 3rd Floor Op Center, Kansas City, KS.
June 3 
Data/Evaluation/CQI Workgroup, 9 a.m.-noon, KU-CPPR,
1617 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence.
June 6 
KCSDV Domestic Violence training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Greenbush Educational Center, Girard. Contact: Shelly Newman at snewman@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784 x314.
June 17 
Mindfulness, Compassion Fatigue, Self-Care (1st in a series), 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Labette MH Center, 1730 Belmont, Parsons. Contact: Shelley Mayse at shelleymayse@everestkc.net or 913-568-7515.

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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.