The Maryland Department of Health expands home visits for mothers and babies

01 September 2022

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The Maryland Department of Health expands home visits for mothers and babies

Four organizations to split $ 865,622 in the first year of a three-year expansion

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced more than $ 865,000 in grants to four organizations to expand evidence-based home visitation services to pregnant people and parents with young children.

The loan, made available by Health Services Cost Review Commission in support of the State Integrated Health Improvement Strategy (SIHIS), is part of a three-year home visitation expansion that will provide over $ 2.26 million in total funding between August 15, 2022 and June 30, 2025.

The home visit is a voluntary family support program driven by referrals from providers, hospitals, local health departments, and community organizations. The program promotes the health of infants and children, promotes educational development and school preparation, and helps prevent child abuse and neglect. Home visits by trained professionals provide families with parenting information, resources and support from the time of pregnancy through the first two to five years of the child’s life.

Photos and videos courtesy of Baltimore healthy start

“Home visits support pregnant families and parents with the resources and skills necessary to raise physically, socially and emotionally healthy children,” said Dr. Jinlene Chan, MDH’s Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. “The expansion of home visits will help vulnerable families facing additional parenting challenges such as postpartum depression and a lack of social and financial support to create healthier and more positive environments for their newborn, growing child and the whole. family”.

Evidence-based home visit models are rigorously evaluated and have been shown to improve maternal and child health by connecting families to essential community services. Participants receive home education, case management, and referral to services based on their individualized needs, including access to antenatal care, child check-upspostpartum support, safe sleep training, childhood injury prevention and early development of language and literacy skills.

The expansion of home visits is part of the state’s efforts to address inequalities affecting maternal and child health, particularly in communities at risk. The data show that black women are at a higher risk of maternal mortality and morbidity. Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Babies born to non-Hispanic black women are twice as likely to die before their first birthday.

Maryland Home Visit Expansion Funds will support programs in high priority areas where a high number of severe maternal morbidity is prominent, including Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Washington counties. MDH will provide first year funding to the following programs:

  • Baltimore Healthy Start (BHS) will partner with the Chase Braxton Glen Burnie Health Center to expand home visitation services for postpartum women in Anne Arundel County. The program will use the Great guys curriculum, designed for home visits that begin in the gestational phase of pregnancy. Families will be offered standard BHS case management and care coordination services through the Drug-Assisted Treatment Program for Substance Use Disorder based on Chase Brexton.

  • Montgomery County Department of Health will expand the Healthy Born Babies (BBH) program using the March of Dimes becomes a mother (BAM) curriculum. BAM improves maternal knowledge through a collaborative community-based model of care, prenatal education and quality antenatal care. BBH it will serve high-risk pregnant people starting at any stage of pregnancy and will follow the mother and baby until they are six months of age.

  • The family tree will expand home visitation services in the city of Baltimore through the Parents as teachers (PAT) template. Domestic visitors make regular visits from the prenatal age up to the kindergarten age. The TAP the curriculum focuses on mental health, nutrition, maternal depression, substance use and domestic violence.

  • Washington County Department of Health will expand existing home visitation services through the local affiliate program Healthy families America. The program will offer services to families starting in the antenatal period and continuing until the child’s fifth birthday. Watch a Healthy families America success story visiting home.

Maternal and child health is a top population health priority for the state. It is a primary focus of Maryland IN THE TARGET, a coordinated public-private initiative to improve health, reduce inequalities and transform healthcare delivery. To learn more about MDH’s efforts to improve the health of families across the state, visit https://health.maryland.gov/phpa / mch / Pages / home.aspx.

For more information on Maryland home visitation programs, visit

https://health.maryland.gov/phpa / mch / pages / home_visiting.aspx.

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