Home Visiting Models in Michigan

The most commonly implemented home visiting models in Michigan are:

Early Head Start Home Visiting -- Early Head Start Home Visiting serves pregnant women, infants and toddlers, as well as their families. This is a child-focused program whose goal is to increase the school readiness of young children in low-income families. This program meets the state and federal definition of evidence-based.

Healthy Families America(R) -- Healthy Families America (HFA) works 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. This program meets the state and federal definition of evidence-based.

Maternal Infant Health Program -- The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a 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. This program only meets the state definition of evidence-based.

Nurse Family Partnership -- The Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) 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 care and support to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. This program meets the state and federal definition of evidence-based.

Parents as Teachers™ -- Parents as Teachers (PAT) believes that parents are their children's first and most influential teacher during the crucial early years of life (from before birth to kindergarten). The program's approach is intimate, relationship-based, and based on the individual needs of each family and child. This program meets the state and federal definition of evidence-based.

Learn About the Models

Michigan worked with national model developers to produce these informative webinars about the evidence-based home visiting models most commonly implemented in Michigan.  Click on the links to hear a brief overview and model details such as participant eligibility, visit frequency, visit content, and outcomes the model has evidence it achieves.

Early Head Start Home Based

Healthy Families America

Maternal Infant Health Program

Nurse Family Partnership

Parents as Teachers

Programs and Outcomes

Outcomes Early Head Start HV Nurse Family Partnership Healthy Families America Parents as Teachers Maternal Infant Health Program
Improved maternal and child health   X X   X
Reduction of child injuries, child abuse/neglect or maltreatment, and reduction of ER visits X X X X  
Improvement in school readiness and achievement X X X X  
Decreased crime or domestic violence   X X    
Increased family economic self-sufficiency X X X X  
Increased coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports X   X    
Improved positive parenting practices X X X X  

The state and federal government differ in their definition of evidenced based. While some programs meet both definitions, others do not. Learn more about what the state and federal definitions mean here

Locate a Provider

Michigan's home visiting programs fit the varied and individual needs of families. If you are looking for a home visiting program, the Michigan Home Visiting Provider Database can help match you with a provider in your area. If you represent a home visiting program and you would like to enter your information into the database, please do! The database is updated on a regular basis to ensure you find accurate and up-to-date information.
View the Michigan Home Visiting Database here.