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Evaluation of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Prenatal Curriculum

As a recipient of the competitive Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services in early 2014 to support the implementation of Ohio’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, Ohio is expanding and improving its home-visiting services by extending capacity in counties identified as most at risk for negative birth outcomes. One component of the project is the implementation of the online InJoy Understanding Birth eClass training curriculum in several locations throughout Ohio.

CETE evaluates the implementation of the curriculum to measure the impact of the prenatal online training program to determine whether it increased the confidence and knowledge of home visitors about pregnancy and pregnancy-related issues and retention of mothers in the MIECHV program. The project provides the opportunity to add to knowledge and practices regarding interventions aimed at positive health outcomes for Ohio mothers and their children.

Our Role

CETE staff members collaborate with the Ohio Department of Health’s staff to leverage expertise. CETE’s evaluation team designs and employs a state-of-the-art formal, randomized controlled experiment to assess the success of the prenatal online training program to positively affect home visitors, Ohio mothers, and their children.