Florida MIECHV aims to improve coordination and collaboration among programs serving families with children age 0-5 at the state and local level, leveraging resources and linking parents to services most appropriate to their needs and preferences.
Florida has a well-developed network of research-informed and evidence-based home visiting programs that focus on maternal and child health, prevention of abuse and neglect, and school readiness. Florida MIECHV supports the development of coordinated systems of care through the creation of inter-agency advisory councils and the organization of centralized intake processes using the Healthy Start Prenatal and Infant Screens.
Coordinated Intake & Referral Learning Collaborative
In 2017, Florida MIECHV completed a successful Learning Collaborative working with ten local Healthy Start Coalitions to test community approaches to implementing Coordinated Intake & Referral (CI&R) for at-risk families using the state’s universal prenatal and infant screening process.
Participating sites included:
- Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County
- NE Florida Healthy Start Coalition (Duval)
- Healthy Start Coalitions of Orange, Osceola & Seminole
- Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler & Volusia
- Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee
- Healthy Start of NC Florida Coalition (Alachua)
- Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison & Taylor Counties
- Healthy Start Coalition of Bay, Franklin & Gulf County
The coalitions worked together over a 20-month 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 organized 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.
Based on the results of this learning collaborative, the Florida Department of Health will expand coalition contracts statewide in 2018-19 to include CI&R as a required activity. During 2017-18, coalitions will spend a year planning CI&R in their communities. Coalitions that participated in the MIECHV learning collaborative will offer technical assistance and support during the planning year to their sister organizations.