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Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Project: State of Hawaii Department of Health

Published: December 31, 2008
Categories:
Funding
Topics:
Grants
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Location:

Statewide

Home Visiting Program Selected:

Paraprofessional home visiting model

Home Visiting Target Population:

Families with multiple, malleable risks for maltreatment of newborns

Project Overview:
The State of Hawaii's Department of Health, working collaboratively with State and community-level agencies and councils, community-based organizations, academic institutions and families, will develop and implement a detailed plan to enhance the Healthy Start Program, the State's paraprofessional home visiting model that was the prototype for Healthy Families America. The project, Enhancing Hawaii's Statewide Home Visiting Program to Improve Fidelity and Effectiveness, has a project goal to assure that children in the most vulnerable families receive the most appropriate, most effective, and least intrusive home visiting services to promote healthy family functioning, prevent child maltreatment, and promote child health and development. Through the project, Hawaii will address five existing challenges related to fidelity, effectiveness and sustainability: 1) improve the implementation system to assure staff competence; 2) build capacity for continuous quality improvement; 3) refining the selection of families who receive home visiting; 4) enhance Hawaii's Healthy Start program model; and 5) resolve incongruities between funding stream requirements and the home visiting model. The project builds on the longstanding history of the Healthy Start program in Hawaii. The planned evaluation involves process, outcome, and economic cost analyses.