Sunday, February 13, 2011

Silo Hopping: Doris Duke, Child Abuse Prevention, Pew Trust, Home Visiting

Let's do a bit of silo hopping today...

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation does quite a bit of child abuse prevention funding.

For example, they helped fund the special Future of Children issue on Preventing Child Maltreatment. They also helped the Urban Institute look at ways to improve services to new parents with depression.

And they help give policy perspectives. For example, Dr. Jack Shonkoff laid out the long term public health consequences of child abuse in his presentation at the CDC webinar on Child Maltreatment Prevention as a Public Health Priority.

In concert with the Pew Trust, DDCF has began to look at the advantages brought by home visiting programs, including reductions in child abuse. For example, the U.S. Triple P System Population Trial found lower rates of substantiated abuse cases, child out-of-home placements, and reductions in hospitalizations and emergency room visits [Medicaid cost cutting, anyone?] for child injuries in nine study counties in South Carolina where parenting interventions were implemented.

The need to identify and disseminate effective home visiting programs has gained speed now that significant federal funding is available. Link to webinar on Federal Home Visiting Funding.

Resources on home visiting:

Pew Trust issue brief that overviews the issues and makes the case for home visiting.

Pew Trust Campaign for Home Visiting

Pew Trust National Summit on Home Visiting

National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs, an interactive forum for home visiting researchers, program leaders, and policy makers concerned about improving home visiting system quality and family outcomes.
Feb. 16-17, 2011
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C
Press release about the Summit.

Pew Trust National Overview on Home Visiting in the States

The Pew Center on the States surveyed state agency leaders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and inventoried their state home visiting programs, models, funding and polices for fiscal year 2009-2010. The following findings emerged:

State home visiting programs: 46 states and the District of Columbia have some level of investment in home visiting;
Funding strategies: states made available $1.36 billion to home visiting programs via two primary funding strategies: categorical funds for home visiting only; and broad-based prevention funds that could be used for home visiting (although most states could not verify whether or how much funding was directed for this purpose);
Sources of state support: state general funds were the largest source of support for home visiting programs; and
Investment in national home visiting models: 34 states invested $277 million in national home visiting models.

Interview: how home visiting helps reduce child abuse...

Links to Home Visiting Programs

Nurse-Family Partnership
Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) helps change the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies through ongoing home visits from registered nurses. This evidence-based community health program has proven results including long-term family improvements in health, education and economic self-sufficiency.

Triple P-Positive Parenting Program®
The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program® is a multi-level, parenting and family support strategy. Triple P aims to prevent behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents (from the Triple-P website)

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