The MHVI has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to allow local agencies, working in Collaboration within Prosperity Regions 1, 2, and 3, to apply for funding to carry out planning activities that could lead to possible expansion of evidence-based home visiting models implemented with fidelity. Three grants are available, one in each of Prosperity Regions 1, 2 and 3, as recently established by Governor Rick Snyder's Regional Prosperity Initiative. Agencies are strongly encouraged to collaborate in the development of a proposal that would cover their entire respective Region. Funding amounts are distributed equally amongst these three Regions. A map of the Prosperity Regions is included in the attached Request for Proposals (RFP).
A conference call was held on November 26, 2013, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, to answer any RFP questions. Directions to access the recorded conference call can be found below.
Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 16, 2013. Please review the RFP, below, for more details. For information about this grant opportunity, please contact:
Cynthia Zagar, Home Visiting Program Coordinator
Download MHVI Rural RFP (PDF)
To access the recording of the November 26, 2013 conference call about the RFP:
This audio recording is available through December 24, 2013.
- Dial 1.877.471.6587
- At the prompt, enter the follow replay ID number: 469479159009
A Great Start for every child in Michigan!
Home Visiting matters. So many of our nation's most challenging social issues – poverty, crime, child abuse, maternal and infant health, and school readiness – can be impacted through voluntary, quality home visiting programs. Home visiting matches trained professionals with families to provide support and information during pregnancy and throughout a child's early years. Quality home visiting has been shown to lead to fewer children in social welfare programs, juvenile corrections, or mental health systems, as well as a reduction in infant mortality.
Home visiting is a service provided to parents who need support by helping them connect to needed services and obtain information about community resources. Home visiting helps parents learn why maternal health before, during, and after pregnancy is important, and can help parents learn how to care for an infant and build strong, healthy relationships with their children.
Michigan has a long history of implementing home visiting programs and is focused on building and supporting the Home Visiting Initiative as part of Michigan's larger Early Childhood System.
What Does a Home Visit Look Like?
The PEW Home Visiting Campaign has produced a video of a home visit to help families and professionals understand what a home visiting looks like. Watch the video here.
For a parent's perspective on home visiting, the Michigan Department of Community Health's YouTube channel features several stories told by parents, about their experience in home visiting. View MDCH's YouTube channel to hear these stories.