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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

We have all heard of the African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  In Flathead County our “village” grew in the spring of 2014.  Through the Montana Maternal Early Childhood Home Visiting (MECHV) Expansion dollars, Flathead County had the opportunity to expand Parents as Teachers Home Visiting and add SafeCare Augmented to other agencies outside of the Flathead City-County Health Department (FCCHD).  The opportunity to become part of this collaboration was presented to all community partners through the Flathead Best Beginnings Community Council.  The partners that emerged were the Nurturing Center, Northwest Montana Head Start, and Sunburst Community Services Foundation. 

 The goals of MT MECHV were 1)  to support evidence-based home visiting services in Montana, 2)  to improve the coordination of services for communities, 3)  to identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families and 4)  to improve maternal and child health outcomes to include child development and school readiness, child health, family economic self-sufficiency, maternal health, positive parenting practices, reductions in child maltreatment, and reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence, and crime.

Prior to the Expansion of these services, FCCHD was able to offer evidence based home visiting services to approximately 100 high risk families within our community and Montana Asthma Program (MAP) Services to an additional 20 families.  The expansion of our services allowed us to increase the number of families served to 181 families, including the MAP clients.  In addition to allowing us to provide services to additional families, though, this collaboration allows us to better pair clients up with a parent educator that may be affiliated with an agency the family is already working with or that better meets the family’s physical, social and emotional needs.  This helps us to meet families where they are at opposed to introducing another resource to a family who may already be overwhelmed by the number of agencies they are working with.  This new collaboration helps us to better streamline services.

 To ensure that families continue to be referred to our services, the collaborative team has formed an Outreach Committee that is tasked with providing information and updates to our community providers so that they continue to make appropriate referrals to our programs.  That Outreach Committee is credited with improved caseload numbers over the last several months.  As part of the Parents as Teachers model, our collaborative program offers a minimum of 12 Group Connections activities annually.  These activities are offered at various locations in the community in an effort to bring families together to provide peer learning, parent leadership and to support relationship building between families.  Each event is focused on the 3 main components of all Parents as Teachers visit, which are parent-child interaction, development centered parenting information, and the promotion of family well-being.  Each group connection includes an educational component. 

 All of the staff involved in providing services under the Home Visiting umbrella in Flathead County meet twice monthly.  There is a business meeting, to provide agency announcements and updates, caseload review, which helps to identify who is at capacity and who needs new referrals, continuous quality improvement is discussed, budgets are reviewed, resources that were utilized and helpful during the month by parent educators are shared and past parking lot items are addressed and new parking lot items are prioritized.  The meetings rotate between all of the agencies involved in providing services, which allows for al parent educators to be familiar with the partner agencies and to be more comfortable referring between agencies.

The second monthly meeting is a Professional Development meeting.  This meeting includes a speaker from a community agency to provide updates and information about what that agency offers, who they serve, and how to make referrals.  This has been very useful for all of our parent educators, to assist in knowing what our community resources are and making successful referrals between agencies.  The remainder of the meeting is used to provide training updates on any trainings that parent educators attended over the course of the last month.  Finally, a case study is reviewed as a means to help trouble shoot difficult client situations and offer support to staff managing difficult client situations.

 Our team practices regular Reflective Listening as a way to increase effectiveness of interactions with clients, as well as to support one another and minimize the risk of provider burnout and secondary trauma.  The team meetings and Reflective Listening are valuable tools to keep our team cohesive, as we are spread out amongst four agencies within our community.

 Our local Best Beginnings Community Council is the Advisory Board for our collaborative partnership.  We report program progress and updates to the council on a quarterly basis.  We accept suggestions and ideas from the Council and rely on the Council members to make referrals of families that may benefit from our program services.

 We are very excited about the collaboration of these services.  It allows FCCHD an opportunity to build on our community partnerships and be informed about valuable services in our community that benefit the families that we work with.  Each partner brings their expertise to the team, which continues to enhance our knowledge base.  According to Child & Family Research Partnership, there are five major benefits of home visiting for families:  moms and babies are healthier; children are better prepared for school; children are safer; families are more self-sufficient; and home visiting programs save communities money by empowering families to utilize medical services and other community resources appropriately.  Our Affiliate Performance Report (APR) from Parents as Teachers, helps us to determine if we are on track with the goals of Parents as Teachers and demonstrating improved family outcomes.  It provides us with the continues quality improvement topics.  We utilize the areas of the APR that we score the lowest in to focus on and continually improve our performance and family outcomes.  

Flathead County is proud of the “village” that we have created to support our youngest and most vulnerable members in our community.  We appreciate the support of the federal and state programs and look forward to continuing this collaboration.

We have all heard of the African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  In Flathead County our “village” grew in the spring of 2014.  Through the Montana Maternal Early Childhood Home Visiting (MECHV) Expansion dollars, Flathead County had the opportunity to expand Parents as Teachers Home Visiting and add SafeCare Augmented to other agencies outside of the Flathead City-County Health Department (FCCHD).  The opportunity to become part of this collaboration was presented to all community partners through the Flathead Best Beginnings Community Council.  The partners that emerged were the Nurturing Center, Northwest Montana Head Start, and Sunburst Community Services Foundation. 

The goals of MT MECHV were 1)  to support evidence-based home visiting services in Montana, 2)  to improve the coordination of services for communities, 3)  to identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families and 4)  to improve maternal and child health outcomes to include child development and school readiness, child health, family economic self-sufficiency, maternal health, positive parenting practices, reductions in child maltreatment, and reductions in juvenile delinquency, family violence, and crime.

 Prior to the Expansion of these services, FCCHD was able to offer evidence based home visiting services to approximately 100 high risk families within our community and Montana Asthma Program (MAP) Services to an additional 20 families.  The expansion of our services allowed us to increase the number of families served to 181 families, including the MAP clients.  In addition to allowing us to provide services to additional families, though, this collaboration allows us to better pair clients up with a parent educator that may be affiliated with an agency the family is already working with or that better meets the family’s physical, social and emotional needs.  This helps us to meet families where they are at opposed to introducing another resource to a family who may already be overwhelmed by the number of agencies they are working with.  This new collaboration helps us to better streamline services.

To ensure that families continue to be referred to our services, the collaborative team has formed an Outreach Committee that is tasked with providing information and updates to our community providers so that they continue to make appropriate referrals to our programs.  That Outreach Committee is credited with improved caseload numbers over the last several months.  As part of the Parents as Teachers model, our collaborative program offers a minimum of 12 Group Connections activities annually.  These activities are offered at various locations in the community in an effort to bring families together to provide peer learning, parent leadership and to support relationship building between families.  Each event is focused on the 3 main components of all Parents as Teachers visit, which are parent-child interaction, development centered parenting information, and the promotion of family well-being.  Each group connection includes an educational component. 

All of the staff involved in providing services under the Home Visiting umbrella in Flathead County meet twice monthly.  There is a business meeting, to provide agency announcements and updates, caseload review, which helps to identify who is at capacity and who needs new referrals, continuous quality improvement is discussed, budgets are reviewed, resources that were utilized and helpful during the month by parent educators are shared and past parking lot items are addressed and new parking lot items are prioritized.  The meetings rotate between all of the agencies involved in providing services, which allows for al parent educators to be familiar with the partner agencies and to be more comfortable referring between agencies.

 The second monthly meeting is a Professional Development meeting.  This meeting includes a speaker from a community agency to provide updates and information about what that agency offers, who they serve, and how to make referrals.  This has been very useful for all of our parent educators, to assist in knowing what our community resources are and making successful referrals between agencies.  The remainder of the meeting is used to provide training updates on any trainings that parent educators attended over the course of the last month.  Finally, a case study is reviewed as a means to help trouble shoot difficult client situations and offer support to staff managing difficult client situations.

 Our team practices regular Reflective Listening as a way to increase effectiveness of interactions with clients, as well as to support one another and minimize the risk of provider burnout and secondary trauma.  The team meetings and Reflective Listening are valuable tools to keep our team cohesive, as we are spread out amongst four agencies within our community.

 Our local Best Beginnings Community Council is the Advisory Board for our collaborative partnership.  We report program progress and updates to the council on a quarterly basis.  We accept suggestions and ideas from the Council and rely on the Council members to make referrals of families that may benefit from our program services.

 We are very excited about the collaboration of these services.  It allows FCCHD an opportunity to build on our community partnerships and be informed about valuable services in our community that benefit the families that we work with.  Each partner brings their expertise to the team, which continues to enhance our knowledge base.  According to Child & Family Research Partnership, there are five major benefits of home visiting for families:  moms and babies are healthier; children are better prepared for school; children are safer; families are more self-sufficient; and home visiting programs save communities money by empowering families to utilize medical services and other community resources appropriately.  Our Affiliate Performance Report (APR) from Parents as Teachers, helps us to determine if we are on track with the goals of Parents as Teachers and demonstrating improved family outcomes.  It provides us with the continues quality improvement topics.  We utilize the areas of the APR that we score the lowest in to focus on and continually improve our performance and family outcomes.  

 Flathead County is proud of the “village” that we have created to support our youngest and most vulnerable members in our community.  We appreciate the support of the federal and state programs and look forward to continuing this collaboration.

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