AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) MATERNAL, INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD HOME VISITING PROGRAM
PR Department of Health Division of Maternal, Child, and Adolescents (PRMCH)
Project Description: The PRMCH administers the ACA Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. This program is designed to: (1) strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under Title V; (2) improve coordination of services for at risk communities; and (3) identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at risk communities. The program enables the PRMCH to utilize what is known about effective home visiting services to provide evidence-based programs to promote: improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development; increased school readiness; reductions in the incidence of child maltreatment; improved parenting related to child development outcomes; improved family socio-economic status; greater coordination of referrals to community resources and supports; and reductions in crime and domestic violence.
CIES collaborated with PRMCH on the Puerto Rico needs assessment, selection of target municipalities, evidence based model of implementation, evidence based curriculum, and implementation process. Salud Integral de la Montaña (SIM) was selected to implement on the municipalities of Barranquitas and Orocovis the Growing Great Kids (GGK) evidence based curriculum using the Healthy Families of America implementation model.
Current Services: Currently, CIES serves as external evaluator and expert consultant to PRMCH and SIM in the implementation and evaluation of the ACA Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for the municipalities of Barranquitas and Orocovis. The CIES’ staff work in collaboration with PRMCH’s and SIM’s staff to culturally adapt and implement the GGK curriculum. CIES will also design, implement and report on outcomes and quality improvement evaluation.