Home visiting programs enroll women during pregnancy and provide intensive home-based services through the child's third birthday. Home visitors help ensure mothers have a healthy pregnancy and assist families in addressing social, economic, educational, and parenting issues that influence child health and education outcomes. The services are provided using the evidence-based Healthy Families America (HFA) model. This reporting period, 312 families were served, and 2592 home visits were conducted through the three HFA programs in Baltimore City.
Although we greatly exceeded our annual target for number of home visits conducted (4864/3350), we did not reach our target for number of families served (335/380). The number of families participating in home visiting did not meet the target of 380 for various reasons. First, while the programs have been able to retain most of their existing families despite continued challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, engaging new families while limited to virtual home visiting sessions has been challenging. Programs continue to brainstorm innovative outreach techniques and gain insight on techniques that other programs have successfully implemented during monthly HFA Home Visiting and Babystat meetings. Next, one site discharged a larger number of families who were on creative outreach or no longer eligible to receive services. Finally, staff turnover continues to impact the number of families each site can serve.
Dru/Mondawmin Healthy Families (DRUM) was unable to report on the new opportunity measures during this reporting period. They have onboarded a Youth Opportunity Specialist who manages this work. Family League will continue to support the specialist with project implementation.