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Michigan's Home Visiting Initiative

Michigan's Early Childhood Home Visiting programs provide voluntary, prevention focused family support services in the homes of pregnant women and families with children aged 0-5.

Early childhood home visiting programs connect trained professionals with vulnerable and at-risk mothers and families to nurture, support, coach, educate and offer encouragement with the goal that all children grow and develop in a safe and stimulating environment.

Early childhood home visiting programs are designed to provide support to parents and caregivers and to connect them to community resources and services. By concentrating on building trust with families, providers work to develop positive interactions focused on the importance of maternal health before, during, and after pregnancy. Working in a one-on-one environment, providers encourage and assist families in caring for infants and in building strong, healthy relationships with their toddlers and young children.

The Michigan Home Visiting Initiative is part of Michigan's Early Childhood System, and is committed to offering all children a Great Start.


  • MHVI Stakeholder Community of Practice Call
    October 8, 2014; 10:00 - 12:00 A.M.
    The purpose of these calls is to engage and update our broad range of stakeholders on issues ranging from state and national policy initiatives, funding and legislative activity to program implementation and practice updates.  
    For Conference Call Only: Call-in to: 1-650-479-3207; Access Code 669 198 176
    To join by Webinar click this link:   https://mphievents.webex.com/mphievents/onstage/g.php?d=669198176&t=p
    • Event number 669 198 176; Event password: HV1008
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

    According to national data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. Increased awareness of this public health issue is important, as interpersonal and domestic violence (IPV) can have a profound impact on the health, safety, and well-being of women and girls, men and boys. 

    Identifying current or past abusive and traumatic experiences can help prevent further abuse, lessen disability, and lead to improved health status.  Because health care providers are often trusted resources in their communities, they are in a unique position to connect women and men who experience IPV with supportive local services. 

    HRSA-supported women’s preventive services guidelines under the Affordable Care Act include screening and brief counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence as a covered benefit with no additional cost-sharing.  Additionally, screening and counseling for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections are covered benefits for both men and women.

    Consider the following resources as you reflect on domestic violence programs in your community: 

    • HRSA-supported women’s preventive services guidelines: http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224 or (206) 518-9361 (Video Phone Only for hard of hearing callers).

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