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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week that approximately $351 million in funding is headed to a combination of 56 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through its Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program).

The Peach State will be the recipient of at least $7 million of that funding from the federal government, which will be dispersed through the following programs:

Funding for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Services

The MIECHV Program funds support communities to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.

Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in close partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the MIECHV Program supports pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, as they raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to succeed.

“The Trump Administration aims to support vulnerable Americans by taking a person-centered approach—meeting their unique needs and meeting them where they are—and that is the vision of the home visiting program HHS supports through HRSA and ACF,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a news release. “These awards allow states to support local agencies in providing tailored home visiting services, improving the health of mothers and children and helping to build healthier, stronger families and communities.”

Over the past seven years, the MIECHV Program has provided over 5 million home visits. In FY 2018, the MIECHV Program served more than 150,000 parents and children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories, and provided more than 930,000 home visits. Almost three-fourths of families participating in the program had household incomes at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, and 76 percent of adults and children relied on Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“The MIECHV Program helps parents and caregivers connect with services and resources and empowers families with the tools they need to thrive,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels.  “The Program’s two-generation approach is aimed at improving the well-being of both parents and children which builds  healthier and stronger families and communities.”

Funding for Maternal Health

In addition to the MIECHV Program awards, HRSA is providing new funding to spark innovation, support maternal health service delivery, and address the high rates of both maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in the United States. Through the State Maternal Health Innovation Support and Implementation (State MHI) Program, HRSA is awarding approximately $18.7 million through nine cooperative agreements to assist states in addressing disparities in maternal health and improving maternal health outcomes, with an emphasis on preventing and reducing maternal mortality and SMM.

HRSA is also awarding $2.6 million through a cooperative agreement to implement the Supporting Maternal Health Innovation (Supporting MHI) Program.  The program will serve as a national resource center and provide capacity building assistance to HRSA’s maternal health grantees and other stakeholders as they engage in efforts to reduce maternal mortality and SMM through  innovative and evidence-informed strategies.

Additionally, HRSA is awarding approximately $1.8 million through a cooperative agreement for the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) – Community Care Initiative. This initiative supports the development and implementation of non-hospital focused maternal safety bundles within community-based organizations and outpatient clinical settings across the United States.  It will build upon the foundational work of the original and existing AIM program, and increase its reach by addressing preventable maternal mortality and SMM among pregnant and postpartum women outside of hospitals and other birthing facility settings.

In FY19, HRSA awarded $350,589,622 in funding to 56 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through its Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program). This program supports communities to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.

Awardee Name City State Award Amount
Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education Montgomery AL $6,883,127
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Juneau AK $1,756,469
American Samoa – Department of Health Pago Pago AS $1,000,000
Arizona Department of Health Services Phoenix AZ $11,204,224
Arkansas Department of Health Little Rock AR $7,552,262
California Department of Public Health Sacramento CA $20,813,184
Colorado Department of Human Services Denver CO $7,977,807
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Hartford CT $9,575,855
Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware Dover DE $3,811,281
Government of the District of Columbia Washinton DC $1,678,267
Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. Largo FL $9,283,616
Georgia Department of Public Health Atlanta GA $7,008,414
Government of Guam – Department of Administration Hagatna GU $1,000,000
State of Hawaii Department of Public health Honolulu HI $3,678,058
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Boise ID $3,061,592
Illinois Department of Human Services Springfield IL $8,345,310
Indiana State Department of Health Indianapolis IN $10,539,992
Iowa Department of Public Health Des Moines IA $5,939,786
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Topeka KS $4,890,288
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Frankfort KY $7,364,077
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals New Orleans LA $10,710,642
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Augusta ME $6,264,897
Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation Saipan MP $1,000,000
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Baltimore MD $7,782,513
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Boston MA $7,046,267
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Lansing MI $8,007,548
Minnesota Department of Health Saint Paul MN $9,055,492
Mississippi Department of Human Services Jackson MS $2,907,916
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Jefferson City MO $3,909,358
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Helena MT $4,497,053
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Lincoln NE $1,317,276
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Carson City NV $2,051,079
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Concord NH $3,094,207
New Jersey Department of Health Trenton NJ $10,821,021
New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families Santa Fe NM $3,627,827
New York Department of Health Albany NY $8,336,421
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Raleigh NC $3,534,457
Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota Bismarck ND $1,009,667
Ohio Department of Health Columbus OH $7,855,181
Oklahoma State Department of Health Oklahoma City OK $6,744,060
Oregon Department of Human Services Salem OR $8,676,717
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Harrisburg PA $12,199,282
Puerto Rico Department of Health San Juan PR $1,146,380
Rhode Island Department of Health Providence RI $7,522,365
The Children’s Trust Fund of South Carolina Columbia SC $8,422,110
South Dakota Department of Health Pierre SD $1,015,131
Tennessee Department of Health Nashville TN $9,933,118
Texas Department of Family Protective Services Austin TX $18,764,067
Utah Department of Health Salt Lake City UT $3,223,566
Vermont Agency of Human Services Waterbury VT $1,389,113
Virgin Islands Department of Health Group Charlotte Amalie VI $1,000,000
Virginia Department of Health Richmond VA $7,808,455
Washington State Department of Early Learning Olympia WA $10,342,215
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Charleston WV $6,031,476
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Madison WI $8,784,020
Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc. St. Louis, MO WY $1,395,116
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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

1 COMMENT

  1. THIS WOULD BE LOVELY IF HELP WAS OBTAINED BY THE PREGNANT MOTHER OR THRU HER DOCTOR’S OFFICE. I DO NOT THINK ANY STATE/FEDERAL AGENCY MAKING HOME VISITS IS A GOOD THING. WE HAVE LEARNED IN THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IN MOST EVERY STATE IS A ORGANIZED CHILD KIDNAPPING / TRAFFICKING MACHINE. SENATOR LINDA COLLINS-SMITH AND OTHERS HAVE DIED ATTEMPTING TO BRING CPS TO LIGHT. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IN EVERY STATE SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN NOW.

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