Home visiting programs provide in-home health education and social services to pregnant and newly delivered women. Home visiting programs in Baltimore are implemented by community-based organizations and the Baltimore City Health Department. Clients are matched with a home visiting program best suited for them based on their risk level, place of residence, and other factors.
BHB has spearheaded an initiative to transition all home visiting programs in Baltimore City to evidence-based models of care. Several national home visiting models have been proven to improve birth outcomes, increase intervals between pregnancies, supoprt maternal self-sufficiency, and reduce child abuse. The Pew Charitable Trusts lauded Baltimore for this successful transition.
In Baltimore CIty, home visiting programs have adopted one or more of the following four evidence-based models:
- Nurse-Family Partnership for low-income first-time pregnant women;
- Nurse Home Visiting for pregnant women who have had a poor outcome in a previous pregnancy;
- Healthy Families, a national home visiting model that uses highly trained paraprofessionals; and,
- The federal Healthy Start model of using paraprofessionals to provide case management, including home visiting.
BHB has created a vulnerability index that identifies risk factors for poor birth outcomes and triages perinatal women to the most appropriate home visiting model. Click here to see the vulnerability index pdf.
Home Visiting Programs
- Baltimore Medical System http://www.bmsi.org/
- Bon Secours Baltimore Health System http://bonsecoursbaltimore.com/
- DRU/Mondawmin Healthy Families www.drumhealthyfamilies.com
- Maternal and Infant Care; Bureau of Maternal and Child Health; Baltimore City Health Department www.baltimorehealth.org
- The Family Tree www.familytreemd.org