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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Sharing MIECHV Evaluation Findings
 
  Evaluation plays a key role in the Kansas MIECHV Program and helps to inform practice and decision-making. Jacklyn Biggs and Teri Garstka, from the Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) at the University of Kansas, lead the Kansas MIECHV evaluation. Over the past few years, evaluation activities have covered many aspects of the program and include exploring the effectiveness of the Moving Beyond Depression (MBD) program and Motivational Interviewing trainings on selected family and practice outcomes, measuring collaboration at the state and local levels, and gathering qualitative data about home visiting by interviewing families, home visitors, and outreach coordinators through interviews and focus groups.
 CPPR will share many of their evaluation results in a "brief" format. A brief is a 2-6 page document that incorporates a short context or background, describes what was evaluated and why, and what was learned. Briefs can be used to inform or educate the public, stakeholders, or potential funders. As each brief is released, it will be shared electronically through MIECHV partners, the Kansas MIECHV newsletter and the Kansas Home Visiting website where it will be permanently located.
 We are pleased to release the first brief, which is a Kansas MIECHV Program overview, describing the program, its implementation, and what was learned. The brief can be found at www.kshomevisiting.org/briefs/ . Please share with your partners, stakeholders, and the public as appropriate. The next briefs will focus on the relationships between home visitors and families from both the home visitor and family perspective and the impact of a family-centered approach to home visiting.
 
MIECHV Benchmark Changes 
 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has finalized changes to MIECHV benchmark performance measures to be effective October 2016. This redesign was undertaken to: 1) minimize the reporting burden by reducing the number of measures; 2) standardize measures nationwide and improve the ability to demonstrate program impact; and 3) align with other similar federal program measures. These changes incorporate the addition of new constructs such as postpartum care, safe sleep, and behavioral concerns, revise existing constructs such as child injury and tobacco use, and remove constructs such as prenatal care and maternal emergency department visits. The changes result in an overall reduction in benchmark constructs from 37 to 19. A summary of changes can be found here. Kansas must submit a revised performance measurement and data collection plan to HRSA by June 1. KU-CPPR will be reaching out to partners in the coming months to provide training and technical assistance related to the new benchmark and data collection requirements.

What's Happening at the State Level?
  Champions for each of the five Kansas Home Visiting Strategic Plan goals have presented work plans to the Kansas Home Visiting Leadership group and received agreement to proceed. Work plans identify action steps, timelines, work teams and resources needed to complete each objective. Current activities focus on finalizing core competencies for home visitors, first steps to create an annual home visiting outcomes report card, implementing the public awareness campaign, gathering input from stakeholders regarding a statewide home visiting network, and developing a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize state-level collaborations. As noted previously, the Leadership group has identified working on the professional development goal as the top priority.

Upcoming Activities and Meetings
for MIECHV Partners
 
May 6  
SE Kansas MIECHV Team Meeting, 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., Kansas City, KS, Public Schools 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   
 
Home Visitation and Domestic Violence training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kansas City, KS, Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., 3rd Floor, Kansas City, KS. Contact: Shelly Newman at snewman@kcsdv.org
May 27
 
Home Visitation and Domestic Violence training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Greenbush Educational Center, Girard. Contact: Shelly Newman at snewman@kcsdv.org
May 31 
Home Visitation and Domestic Violence training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kansas City, KS, Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., 3rd Floor, Kansas City, KS. Contact: Shelly Newman at snewman@kcsdv.org
June 2 
Wyandotte County MIECHV Team, 1-4 p.m., Kansas City, KS, Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Room 133, 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.Click here for more information, online registration
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.

Past MIECHV Newsletters  

Past newsletters have been archived and can be accessed here
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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.

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