Healthy Families
The Elgin Community Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV ) Project
In February, 2012, a home visitation expansion and improvement project was launched in Elgin, along with 5 other Illinois communities, through federal funding administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services and guided by the Governor’s Office of Early Child Development.  Five other communities were selected: Rockford, Macon County, Englewood, West Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Cicero, Vermilion County All six communities were selected for the Illinois Project based on a state needs assessment and local applications.
Federal MIECHV Goals
Named the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) Project, the federal goals are:
•  Strengthen and improve Title V (maternal and child
    health) programs.
•  Improve coordination of services in at-risk
•  Provide comprehensive home visiting services to
    improve outcomes in at-risk communities.
•  Increase intra-agency collaboration.
•  Review evidence-based models.
•  Conduct national evaluation (MIHOPE) for Congress.
Federal MIECHV Benchmarks
To measure our success toward these goals, we are using these federal benchmarks:
1. Improved maternal and newborn health*
2. Reduced incidence of child maltreatment,
    child injuries and ER visits
3. Increased school readiness and achievement
4. Reduced domestic violence or crime*
5. Improved family economic self-sufficiency
6. Improved coordination and referrals for
    other community resources and supports
Elgin MIECHV Project: Home Visitation,
Central Intake & Community System Development
In Elgin, the participating agencies that are expanding and evaluating evidence-based models of intensive home visitation among high priority families are:
•  Family Focus: Healthy Families Home Visit Model
•  Kane County Health Department: Nurse Family
    Partnership Home Visit Model
•  School District U-46: Parents as Teachers
    Home Visit Model
•  VNA Health Care: Healthy Families Home Visit Model
All four home visit programs are participating in the national randomized research trial to demonstrate effectiveness with the families we serve.
In Elgin, Coordinated Home Visitation Intake and Community Systems Development are provided by the Kane County Health Department to:
1. Improve the centralized intake system for home visit referrals that already existed in Kane County, by recruiting more referring partners, increasing community awareness of home visitation and its benefits, and assuring as many families as possible enroll in home visitation. We started with three, but now there are 30 referring agencies in our Elgin system!

2. Develop and support the early childhood system in Elgin, especially, the leadership skills of parents so that they become active in parent groups and advisory committees that serve the needs of young children.
Additonal Information:
Illinois Needs Assessment
Federal and State MIECHV Projects
Parent Leadership Training and Activities Available in Elgin
Home Visit Models:
Early Head Start Program Model
Overview of the Early Head Start Home-Based Model for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Program Models in Early Head Start
Healthy Families America (HFA)
HFA Brochure
HFA Facts & Features
HFA Critical Elements & Rationale
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
NFP Overview
NFP Benefits & Costs
NFP Evidence-Based Policy & Program Impact
NFP Research Trials & Outcomes
NFP Snapshot
Nurses and Mothers
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
PAT Essential Requirements for Affiliates
PAT Research  & Program Quality
  This program was made possible by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which authorizes the creation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). This website was made possible by Grant Number X02MC1940 from Health Resources and Services Administration. The project described was supported by Grant Number X02MC23102 from Health Resources and Services Administration. Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HRSA, Illinois Department of Human Services or the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development.  
 Serving Kane County, Illinois