Home Visiting New Hampshire (HVNH) is a statewide initiative of the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. The program began in 2001 with awards to support programs in 13 sites and expanded in 2002 for a total of 19 sites across New Hampshire. The grantees provide home-based services to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women and their families, particularly those at-risk for poor pregnancy outcomes, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, and depression. The goals of Home Visiting New Hampshire are to 1. promote healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes. 2. promote a safe and nurturing environment for children. 3. enhance families’ life course and development. In the HVNH program model, specially trained home visitors and nurses regularly visit pregnant women and their families in their homes to deliver a health and parenting education curriculum, information, referrals, and support to participants. This team coordinates its work within the HVNH grantee agency and with the grantee’s partners, i.e., other organizations in the community that can provide needed staff or services.

To determine how well the program has succeeded in achieving its goals, DPHS contracted with RMC Research Corporation in November 2002 to conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess program implementation and outcomes. Data collection involved collecting a large amount of information from participating mothers over multiple points in time while they were in the program, using HVNH Home Visitors and Nurses as the primary data collectors. The evaluation also included surveys of participants and home visiting staff, and information collected about programs through site visits.



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