Healthy Start Home Visitor Services
MCH Grants are provided to local health departments so they can provide outreach visits to pregnant women and families with newborns. Under public health nurse supervision, visitors provide in-home interventions such as education, support and referrals to other community services.
- Increase the use of cost-effective preventive health care services such as prenatal care, family planning, immunizations, nutrition and well childcare.
- Promote early entry into and compliance with prenatal care.
- Discourage unhealthy maternal behaviors such as alcohol and tobacco use.
- Identify families at risk and link them with services and supports.
- Improve and enhance parenting and problem solving skills.
- Reduce costs through use of paraprofessional visitors under nursing supervision.
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For Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016), the Fall regional trainings referenced in the manual will not be held. Instead, to meet the Fall training requirement, each HSHV must complete a minimum of 6 hours of online training through KS-TRAIN or MCH Navigator and submit documentation of completion to KDHE by December 1, 2015.
The completed online trainings must be relevant to the skills/knowledge base needed for a Healthy Start Home Visitor.
The requirement to complete 6 hours of online training is in addition to the requirement to attend one relevant statewide conference.
A partial list of relevant courses from KS-TRAIN and MCH Navigator is listed below (This list does not include all possible options):
- KS-TRAIN http://ks.train.org
- Fundamentals of Kansas Public Health Module 1: Overview of the Kansas System (1056214)
- Kansas Public Health Grand Rounds Fall 2014, Oct. 29, "Human Trafficking in Healthcare" Archived WEBCAST (1054003)
- HIPAA Awareness (1047429)
- Healthy Homes 7 Basic Principles (1017952)
- Safe Slumber: Creating a Safe Sleep Environment 2015 (1054773)
- WALD: Cultural Competency Module I (1010194)
- WALD: Cultural Competency Module II (1010197)
- WIC 101
- WIC Breastfeeding Basics
- Population-Level Approaches to Child Physical Abuse Prevention
- MCH Navigator www.mchnavigator.org/
- Cultural Competence
- Family Engagement
- Medical Home
- Diversity and Health Equity
- New hires or support staff of maternal and child health programs
- Staff of local health departments and related programs