Adverse birth outcomes result in significant emotional and economic costs for families and communities. One promising avenue for helping expectant women is home visiting programs, which work with parents to promote prenatal care and improve infant health. The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start (MIHOPE-Strong Start) will evaluate the effectiveness of two evidence-based home visiting models (Healthy Families America and Nurse-Family Partnership) at improving birth outcomes. It is a large-scale evaluation designed to investigate the features of local programs and of home visitation that lead to improved birth outcomes and reduced health care costs for expectant families enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The evaluation is part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative, which has cooperative agreements with three other types of prenatal interventions to improve birth outcomes.
MIHOPE-Strong Start is closely integrated with MIHOPE, a study of four evidence-based home visiting models funded by the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. MIHOPE-Strong Start will include programs funded by MIECHV as well as those with other funding sources.
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National home visiting model developers for Healthy Families America and Nurse-Family Partnership support MIHOPE-Strong Start and encourage local program sites to participate in the study.