Home Visiting Models in Michigan

There are many good quality home visiting programs in Michigan. But not all programs or models meet the definition of evidence-based. Although the Federal government has a specific definition of evidence-based, the state of Michigan, in Public Act 291, defines evidence-based as a program that:

  • Has been evaluated using rigorous randomized controlled research designs and the evaluation results have been published in a peer reviewed journal, or are based on quasi-experimental research using two or more separate, comparable client samples,
  • Follows a program manual or design that specifies the purpose, outcomes, duration, frequency or service
  • Demonstrates strong links to other community based services
  • Operates with fidelity to the model being delivered
  • Operates within an organization that ensures compliance with home visitation standards


The most commonly implemented home visiting models in Michigan are:

Early Head Start Home Visiting — A comprehensive child development program that serves pregnant women, infants and toddlers, as well as their families. They are child-focused and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Meets the Federal and State definition of Evidence-Based
Healthy Families America® – A nationally recognized home visiting program designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. HFA is equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, and mental health and/or substance abuse issues. HFA services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily over a 3 to 5 year period. For more information about Healthy Families America®, click here: www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org/
Meets the Federal and State definition of Evidence-Based
Maternal Infant Health Program — The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is an evidence-based home visiting program for pregnant women and infants with Medicaid insurance in Michigan. MIHP provides support services to women and parents to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infants. MIHP providers are located in rural, urban, and native communities throughout the state. Services are provided through federally qualified health centers, local and regional public health departments, hospital-based clinics, and private providers. Learn more about the Maternal Infant Health Program.
Meets the State definition of Evidence-Based
Nurse Family Partnership — This is a program that helps vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, NFP nurses form trusting relationships with the first-time moms, instilling confidence, and empowering them to achieve a better life for themselves and their children. For more information about Nurse Family Partnership, click here: http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/
Meets the Federal and State definition of Evidence-Based
Parents as Teachers™ — Believes that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. The program provides the educational information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life (from before birth to kindergarten). The Parents as Teachers™ educational materials and trainings support a parent's role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children. The program's approach is intimate, relationship-based, and based on the individual needs of each family and child. Learn more about the Parents as Teachers program.
Meets the Federal and State definition of Evidence-Based