Home Visiting

Home Visiting offers support and comprehensive services to at-risk families through home visits and group socialization experiences. At-risk pregnant women, children age birth to five and their families are linked to resources and opportunities to improve well-being. Extensive research has shown the effectiveness of evidence-based home visiting (EBHV) in improving outcomes for maternal/child health, home and child safety, school readiness, family safety, family economic self-sufficiency and referrals and linkages to community resources. The EBHV programs available in Georgia are as follows: Early Head Start - Home Based Option (EHS-HBO), Healthy Families Georgia (HFG), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and Parents as Teachers (PAT).

Goals:

  • Improve Maternal and Child Health
  • Improve family economic self-sufficiency
  • Improve the coordination of referrals to community resources
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Encourage positive parenting
  • Promote child development and school readiness
  • Reduce emergency room department visits
  • Reduce domestic violence

The Georgia Home Visiting Program is supported by the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant, Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant and other sources. Home Visitors visit families of children from prenatal to 5 years old and coordinates for a wide-range of support services for the family and children to ensure families have the information and support they need to provide a great start to life. The basic activities necessary to support families in communities:

  1. First Steps/Central Intake functions of universal identification, referral, screening, parent education, and linkage to services,
  2. Data systems for collecting, storing, processing, and communicating information,
  3. Community programs and services, and
  4. Care coordination among providers, particularly for families with higher needs.

For more information about the Georgia Home Visiting Program access Great Start Georgia (GSG).

 

Contact Information

Home Visiting Program
Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street, NW
11th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-657-2850 (Office)
855-707-8277 (Referral Center)

 


page last updated 8/3/2017