A new MIECHV Learning Collaborative will test community approaches to implementing Coordinated Intake & Referral (CI&R) for at-risk families using the state’s universal prenatal and infant screening process.
Up to six Healthy Start Coalitions will work together over a two-year period to craft strategies for making home visiting a “hub” of local place-based early childhood systems.
The goal is for families to receive the best services for their needs as well as to minimize duplication of services, ensure effective use of local resources, and collectively track what happens to each family.
Participating sites will organize a local team, including the Healthy Start Coalition, the local Health Department responsible for processing screening forms, Healthy Families Florida, Federal Healthy Start, Early Head Start, MIECHV-funded home visiting program, Early Steps, additional care coordination, education and support programs, and other key stakeholders. Each team will use an action learning collaborative (ALC) framework to develop and implement their local work as well as the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) strategy.
An informational webinar was held recently for Healthy Start Coalitions interested in applying to participate in the project. Deadline for submitting applications to the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. is October 15, 2015. For more information contact Lisa Pelle, MIECHV CI&R consultant.