The North Carolina Landscape Study of Early Home Visiting Programs, provides the first in-depth analysis of the field of maternal and child health home visiting (HV) in its current form in North Carolina. Despite the increased awareness of the health, family, and educational benefits as well as cost savings that result from broad scale-up of HV programs, the public health impact of HV has been limited due to fragmented prenatal and early childhood systems, disparate funding streams, and the need to better match families with programs.
However, leaders in the field of home visiting are certain that a tipping point is within reach. A universally-available, comprehensive continuum of early parent and childhood services is possible. A better understanding of the field and the services provided to families is critical to future policy planning and to identify strategies to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
The assessment was funded by the Winer Family Foundation, The Duke Endowment, the John Rex Endowment, and the ChildTrust Foundation. It was led by Drs. Paul Lanier and Sarah Verbiest at the Jordan Institute for Families at the UNC School of Social Work with key support from Katherine Bryant at the Center for Maternal and Infant Health and Gerard Chung, a doctoral student at the School of Social Work. A mixed methods design leveraging multiple data sources was used to provide a comprehensive statewide landscape analysis. Data sources included; 1) existing data from program reports or published literature from EHV models, 2) a project developed statewide survey, and 3) key informant interviews. The team also received support and feedback from three different advisory groups.
Our team at the Jordan Institute for Families in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hopes that the information shared in the landscape analysis will be of value to the many partners across the state who deeply care about serving families.
Click here to review maps and additional county-level information from the landscape of home visiting in North Carolina.
Click here for the executive summary.
The National Home Visiting Resource Center offers many valuable resources – to our project and your work as well. Click here to access their 2017 Home Visiting State by State report.
A new report on Strengthening Home Visiting in Los Angeles, California may be of interest.
The North Carolina Home Visiting Summit will be held November 12-14, 2019 in Greensboro, NC. See the event page for more details!