Home Visiting Webinars

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October 15, 2015, 2:30 p.m. EDT | The Home Visiting Data for Performance Initiative

The Home Visiting Data for Performance Initiative was designed to support states in collecting, analyzing, and using data to improve practice and to provide a way for states to document the impact of public investments in home visiting in a clear, consistent, and compelling manner. This event presented the initiative’s recommended set of performance indicators, measurement approaches, and strategies for enhancing data quality and utility. Click here to access the webinar slides.

October 9, 2015, 1:30 p.m. EDT | Communicating About Home Visiting to Diverse Stakeholders

The Pew Charitable Trusts set out to identify the language that could most effectively communicate about home visiting with two diverse audiences: policymakers and voters and potential participants. We commissioned surveys, focus groups and interviews with these key audiences. This webinar presented words, phrases, and ideas that garner support and participation and as well as the concerns that can drive that support away. Click here to access the webinar slides.

Sept. 23, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT | Exploring Universal Home Visiting

As the national public health agenda moves toward prevention and population-level measures of health, expansion of universal early childhood home visiting may become a priority for communities nationwide. This event presented speakers from three universal home visiting models sharing program brief descriptions of their respective service-delivery systems, participant populations, program content, and costs. Click here to access the webinar slides.

June 19, 2014, 1 p.m. ESTEvidence-Based Home Visiting Policy Forum

This event presented findings from a five year, national, cross-site evaluation of replication and costs of evidence-based home visiting programs. The evaluation findings were shared by researchers from Mathematica and the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall. An expert panel of representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, and the Casey Family Programs responded. Click here to access the webinar slides.

Sept. 10, 2013, 3 p.m. EST | How State Legislation Advances Home Visiting

Advancing and implementing state legislation can elevate home visiting as a proven program for achieving positive family and child outcomes such as improvements in maternal and infant health, family self–sufficiency, and school readiness. It provides a clear roadmap for building a data-driven system that tracks and measures progress toward those outcomes, allowing administrators and policymakers to make adjustments as necessary. Finally, legislation can lay the groundwork for future funding by building a solid system for investment. This webinar presented perspectives from state agency representatives about how legislation has improved home visiting in their states and lessons learned from advocates who were successful in passing legislation during the 2013 legislative session. Due to technical difficulties, the audio recording for this webinar will not be available. Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation.

July 9, 2013, 3 p.m. EST | Partnering with Children’s Hospitals

Partnerships are often a key component of a successful home visiting system. Children’s hospitals offer opportunities for engagement across the spectrum of home visiting – from direct service program management, to coordinated referral systems and trainings, to state-wide efforts to elevate quality and evaluation in home visiting. In this webinar, Karen Seaver Hill, Director of Child Advocacy of the Children’s Hospital Association, moderated a panel of experts, highlighting states that are exploring or successfully implementing partnerships with children’s hospitals as part of their home visiting system. Watch the webinar.

June 11, 2013, 3 p.m.   |   Treating Depressed Mothers in Home Visiting: An Evidence-Based Approach 

Identifying and successfully treating depression in mothers participating in home visiting is essential to achieving outcomes for families and children. This webinar presented an innovative treatment for depression developed at Every Child Succeeds specifically for mothers in home visiting programs. Panelists discussed the scientific evidence for the approach and how the treatment program is being disseminated to other home visiting providers. Due to technical difficulties, the audio recording for this webinar will not be available. Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation.

May 14, 2013, 3 p.m.   | Outcomes in Focus: Addressing Maternal Stress and Depression

Can home visiting lead to better birth and early learning outcomes by targeting maternal stress and depression? In this webinar, moderated by Rebecca Stone, consultant to the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, experts discussed the neuroscience of maternal distress and its links to child health and development as well as how home visiting programs are using this knowledge to adapt and enhance their practice and improve outcomes.

April 9, 2013, 3 p.m.   |   Overcoming Common Evaluation Challenges

Evaluations are critical in verifying that home visiting programs are delivering on the promises of improved outcomes for children and families and wise use of dollars. However, developing quality evaluations can be a challenge. This webinar highlighted successful approaches to overcoming common evaluation challenges. 

March 12, 2013  | Maximizing Funding—Virtues of Blended and Braided Streams

States have long invested a mix of federal and state dollars to support home visiting programs. With the infusion of dedicated MIECHV program funds, new opportunities exist for blending and braiding resources. This webinar, moderated by Kay Johnson, president of Johnson Group Consulting, Inc., will discuss how states can maximize existing dollars to strengthen and improve the quality of their home visiting efforts.

January 29, 2013 | Measures of Success: Findings from New Research on Home Visiting  

As home visiting expands to new settings and new populations, we are learning more about how quality, context, target population, and service strategy interact to determine outcomes for families. Join us to learn the latest as home visiting researchers present the findings of three new studies. Ben Goodman of Duke University presents on the initial impacts of Durham Connects, a universal access home visiting program. Audrey Laszewski of the Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin reports on the new Home Visitation Program Quality Rating Tool. Lori Roggman of the Early Intervention Research Institute at Utah State University shares findings from an analysis of the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project data to examine how home visiting content and intensity affect target populations. Watch the webinar

December 11, 2012 | Winning Advocacy – Strategic Lessons for Advancing Home Visiting

Legislative support is key to advancing home visiting. What are the winning strategies that elevate home visiting in the eyes of legislators? On December 11, we heard from advocates and allies who have won recent state legislative victories about building successful coalitions, grooming legislative champions, how to talk about home visiting in a way that is meaningful to legislators, and other successful advocacy tactics. Watch the webinar.

November 19, 2012 | What Does the Election Mean for Home Visiting?

It goes without saying that the results of the federal, state and local elections will have far-reaching impacts for our country and our communities. What will the outcomes mean for the future of home visiting? On Monday, November 19 we hosted a webinar to help answer those questions. The event featured a panel of experts, including Tamera Luzzatto, Pew’s managing director of government relations; Anne Stauffer, the project director of Pew’s Fiscal Federalism Initiative; and Hannah Matthews, CLASP’s director of child care and early education. They presented a synopsis of the election results and discussed the potential impact of the looming “fiscal cliff” and what it could mean for programs serving children and families. Watch the webinar.

June 5, 2012  |   Addressing Challenging Behavior in Children

Addressing factors that may cause disruptive behavior from children is one important way that home visiting programs can promote healthier families. This webinar shared effective strategies that both home visiting professionals and parents can use to prevent and respond to such behavior.

Our presenters were Barbara Kaiser, author of Challenging Behavior in Young Children, and Darcy Lowell, executive director of Child FIRST, a home visiting model with an emphasis on reducing serious emotional disturbances, developmental problems and abuse and neglect. Libby Doggett, director of the Pew Home Visiting Campaign, moderated the discussion.

May 1, 2012Fathers and Home Visiting: What Do We Know?

Many home visiting programs currently focus on improving outcomes for mothers and children, but the potential contributions of fathers continue to intrigue both researchers and professionals in the field. What do we know about fathers’ involvement in home visiting and the impact on family outcomes? Which models have increased fathers’ participation and how?  And what questions remain unanswered? Panelists on this webinar will discuss these issues and recommend concrete strategies that have shown success in their communities.

This webinar was moderated by Scott Hippert, President and CEO, Parents as Teachers. The panelists were Sarah Avellar, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research; William Scott, Replication, Training and Technical Assistance Program Coordinator, Parents as Teachers; Haji Shearer, Director of the Fatherhood and Co-Parenting Initiative, Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund.

April 10, 2012 | Medicaid Financing Options for Home Visiting Programs

This webinar focused on providing concrete strategies and examples that states can implement to effectively leverage Medicaid dollars for home visiting programs. Panelists discussed how states can align specific services and desired outcomes of home visiting programs with existing Medicaid financing mechanisms.

The webinar was moderated by Nicole Barcliff, Senior Associate, Government Relations, Pew Center on the States.  The panelists were Katharine Witgert, Program Manager at National Academy for State Healthy Policy and Melissa Harris, Director of the Division of Benefits and Coverage at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

March 6, 2012 | Strengthening Professional Development in Home Visiting Programs

This webinar highlighted strategies for building comprehensive, statewide professional development systems for the home visiting workforce. Panelists discussed statewide professional development systems in Illinois and Virginia and how these systems play a critical role in supporting home visiting programs’ desired outcomes for families and children. The webinar also included remarks on professional development systems from Terry Adirim, Director of the Office of Special Health Affairs in the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The panelists were Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Office of Special Health Affairs in the Health Resources and Services Administration; Claire Dunham, L.C.S.W., Senior Vice President of Programs & Training, Ounce for Prevention Fund; Linda Foster, M.P.H., R.D., Project Director, Virginia Healthy Start Initiative and MIECHV. Moderated by Janelle Weldin-Frisch, M.A., Vice President for Training, Ounce for Prevention Fund.

February 7, 2012  |  Engaging Latino Families in Home Visiting Programs

This webinar highlighted best practices in engaging Latino families in home visiting programs. Panelists from three different home visiting models shared approaches and tools that have led to their success in serving the needs of children and families. Topics included strategies for recruiting and retaining families in the program, specific training for home visitors, program and curriculum adaptation, and research on Latino families’ participation and outcomes.

The panelists were  Glendelia Zavala, Chief Program Officer, AVANCE; Carla Mowell, Director of the Texas HIPPY Center, University of North Texas; Madeline I. Cruz, RN, MS, IBCLC, Nurse Home Visitor, Nurse-Family Partnership. Moderated by Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, CommuniCard LLC

Download slides from the presentation.

January 24, 2012  | Linking Project Connect with Home Visiting Models to Tackle Domestic Violence

This webinar highlighted the multi-pronged approach of Project Connect at both the national and state levels and will provide information for providers, advocates, and state leaders to structure effective home visiting programs. Panelists discussed how Project Connect curriculum and associated tools increase the capacity of home visiting programs to respond effectively with a research-informed approach to addressing domestic violence. Download slides from the presentation (PDF).

January 25, 2011  | Scaling Up (PDF)

This final installment of the Pew webinar series Model Practices in State Home Visiting: Getting from Good to Great will feature strategies used in Louisiana and New Mexico for creating a statewide system of home visiting and expanding services to reach all eligible families. Confirmed speakers include: Melanie Bronfin, project director, Louisiana Home Visiting Campaign; public policy analyst, Tulane University; Cynthia Suire, program manager, Louisiana Nurse-Family Partnership; Soledad Martinez, early childhood program manager, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department; Annjenette Torres, state early childhood coordinator, state of New Mexico. Download slides from the presentation (PDF).

December 1, 2010 | Systems Coordination (PDF)

A handful of states are finding efficiencies in administering/governing multiple home visiting initiatives across public health, early education and child welfare sectors. This session covered successful state efforts on centralizing intake, standardizing policies and procedures, identifying core indicators and performance measures and training for home visiting professionals. 

Featured speakers included Sunday Gustin, home visiting program manager, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships; Velva Dawson, deputy director, Central NJ Maternal and Child Health Consortium; Catherine Bodkin, chair, Virginia Home Visiting Consortium; and Barbara Newlin, early childhood development manager, City of Richmond, Virginia.

Download slides from the presentation; common performance measures for New Jersey’s home visiting programs; New Jersey perinatal risk assessment tool; New Jersey’s Central Consortium Community referral form; and Virginia's home visiting consortium consent and referral form (PDFs).

October 7, 2010 | Evaluating for Impact (audio/visual)

Many states are getting smarter about assessing the return on their home visiting investments.  This session will feature a number of efforts to evaluate state home visiting programs for process and outcome measures. Speakers include: Kim DuMont, research scientist, Bureau of Evaluation and Research, New York State Office of Children and Family Services; David Rubin, senior director of PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and Jill Antonishak, research manager for the Pew Home Visiting Campaign. Download the presenters' slides (PDF).

August 17, 2010 | Implementation, Implementation, Implementation (PDF)

Nearly 250 state home visiting program leaders listened in as Lisa Merlino, executive director, Invest in Kids, Colorado; Joan Sharp, executive director, Council for Children & Families (Washington State Evidence-Based Home Visiting Initiative); and Judith Van Ginkel, president, Every Child Succeeds, Cincinnati, Ohio, shared their strategies for monitoring implementation of state home visiting programs.  Download slides from the presentation (PDF).

July 22, 2010 | Using Evidence to Guide and Direct Home Visiting Investments (PDF)

State home visiting leaders from North Carolina, Ohio and Washington state discussed their experiences promoting evidence-based policy and practice in home visiting with more than 200 state agency employees and program administrators.  Download slides from the presentation (PDF).

April 13, 2010  |  Federal Home Visiting Funding (PDF)

More than 230 state public health, child welfare and early learning agency representatives participated in the Pew campaign's first federal webinar, which featured an overview of the home visiting provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Download slides from the presentation. (PDF)

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