ACF and HRSA award $3 million in Affordable Care Act funds for the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
(202) 401-9215

 

ACF and HRSA award $3 million in Affordable Care Act funds for the Tribal
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced today the award of 13 grants totaling $3 million for the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program.

“The goal for this comprehensive, evidenced based home visiting program is to address the diverse needs of at-risk American Indian and Alaska Native children and families,” said David A. Hansell, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. “We will continue to support and strengthen coordination between high quality programs that serve pregnant women, expectant fathers, young children, and families in Tribal communities.”

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs authorized by Section 511 of Title V, as added by the Affordable Care Act, authorizes the award of grants to Indian Tribes (or Consortia of Tribes), Tribal Organizations or Urban Indian Organizations. These grant awards will support 5-year cooperative agreements to conduct community needs assessments, plan for and implement high-quality, culturally-relevant, evidence-based home visiting programs in at-risk Tribal communities, and participate in research and evaluation activities to build the knowledge base on home visiting among Tribal populations.

Home visiting services provided under this grant will help to assure effective coordination and delivery of critical health, development, early learning, child abuse and neglect prevention, and family support services to these children and families in Tribal communities through home visiting programs. The program will enable grantees to utilize what is known about effective home visiting services with Native populations to provide evidence-based programs to deliver services that promote outcomes such as improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development; reduced child maltreatment; improved parenting practices related to child development outcomes; improved school readiness; improved family socio-economic status; improved coordination of referrals to community resources and supports; and reduced incidence of injuries, crime, and domestic violence.

“These grants will help grantees offer families an array of information on parenting, health, and child development, link families to other community services and resources, and provide social supports to the very neediest American Indian and Alaska Native children and families,” said Joan Lombardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development.

The Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program will emphasize and support successful implementation of high-quality, culturally-relevant home visiting programs that have demonstrated evidence of effectiveness in Tribal settings. Based on a careful review of available research evidence on home visiting interventions with Native populations, ACF and HRSA will develop evidence-based criteria for identifying home visiting models that are likely to improve outcomes for families in Tribal communities.

Of the 13 grantees being awarded, six are Tribes, one is a Consortium of five Tribes, three are Tribal Organizations, and three are Urban Indian Organizations. Grantees are located in nine States encompassing the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Northern California, the Southwest, the Great Plains, and the Upper Midwest.

The grants were awarded along with $24 million in Pregnancy Assistance Fund Grants, created by the Affordable Care Act to help States and Tribes provide supportive services to pregnant and parenting teens and women. 

For more information on the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program please contact tribal.homevisiting@hhs.gov.

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