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Idaho’s home visiting program works with Idaho families to counteract the trauma of adverse childhood events


Home visiting is one support available to Idaho families. It has has been successful at minimizing ... caregivers and young children in their homes. Home visiting services help families learn more about how children grow and learn and offer support to ...


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Trauma experienced by children can affect their health and well-being later on MCT Trauma experienced by children can affect their health and well-being later on MCT setLeadImageSize(); $(window).resize(function() { var clientWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if (clientWidth > 767) { $('.lead-item').find('.caption').hide(); $('.lead-item .lead-caption').show(); } else { $('.lead-item .lead-caption').hide(); } setLeadImageSize(); }); $('.lead-item img').click(function(){ var elemWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if(elemWidth = scrollEndPos || windowCurrentPos The Division of Public Health’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is working with Idaho families to increase the positive experiences they give their children as they learn how to provide for their children’s needs as well as their own Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs, are stressful or traumatic events that have been linked with negative, long-term effects on health and well-beingACEs research has shown how toxic stress during early childhood impacts brain development and has lifelong effects on healthThe most common ACEs often include abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual violence, substance use, parental mental illness, incarceration of a family member, and divorce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the more ACEs a child has early in life, the higher his or her risk is for varied health, social and mental health problems as an adultACEs have been linked to risky health behaviors, violence, substance use and mental illness, chronic health conditions and even early deathExposure to trauma in childhood can also affect how that child grows up and then raises their own childrenACEs are common and are not limited by socio-economic status — nearly 40 percent of adults have had two or more According to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, “Toxic stress response can occur when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity — such as physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, caregiver substance abuse or mental illness, exposure to violence, and/or the accumulated burdens of family economic hardship — without adequate adult support.” Toxic stress can disrupt a child’s developing brain and change how neural connections are made, especially for very young children whose brains are at critical stages of developmentOver time, a child can experience problems with learning, behavior, and other physical and mental health issues (function() { var randomUrl = getRandomUrl('http://x.email.idahostatesman.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=108,http://x.email.idahostatesman.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=112,http://x.email.idahostatesman.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=104'); var eventMethod = window.addEventListener ? 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SUBSCRIBE NOW All of this paints a rather grim picture for the future of some children and familiesHowever, research also tells us that protective factors such as positive parenting, nurturing relationships and safe home environments can counteract the effects of toxic stress and help families and children build resiliencyThe presence of stable and nurturing adults are extremely important to healthy brain development during children’s first few years of life Home visiting program helps establish stability A recent survey by the United Health Foundation found that about 28 percent of Idaho children up to age 17 experienced two or more ACEsHome visiting is one support available to Idaho familiesIt has has been successful at minimizing the effects of ACEs and toxic stress while helping families build their capacity for creating and maintaining nurturing and healthy householdsHome visiting helps prevent child abuse and neglect, improves maternal and child health, and promotes school readiness and success Qualified professionals provide home visiting for eligible expecting parents, new parents, caregivers and young children in their homesHome visiting services help families learn more about how children grow and learn and offer support to strengthen the parent-child relationshipHome visitors provide information on prenatal health, newborn care and child development, while they also promote positive interactions between parents and children, conduct assessments related to development and family well-being, teach parents self-care, guide families through goal-setting and offer referrals to needed resources Some resources may include nutritional support, services for developmental delays, housing and utility assistance, substance use and mental health referrals, safety plan development, domestic violence support and referralWith the proper support, guidance and resources, Idaho families have the power to greatly improve their outcomes later in life. The Idaho Division of Public Health’s, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program currently provides evidence-based home visiting services to families in-need throughout the stateThese services are conducted through a contract by the seven local public health districtsOver 600 Idaho families are receiving services statewideOne of two home visiting models is offered by the public health districts: Parents as Teachers or Nurse-Family PartnershipWhile there is some variation in eligibility and content between the two models, families and home visitors work collaboratively in both models to support healthy family functioning and help give children a better start in life Elke Shaw-Tulloch, master of health sciences, is the state health officer and Division of Public Health administrator with the Idaho Department of Health and WelfareFind out more about Department of Health and Welfare services at www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov Learn more If you or anyone you know may benefit from home visiting services in Idaho, contact your local public health district or visit www.homevisiting.dhw.idaho.gov for home visiting programs in Idaho in addition to those offered by MIECHVPanhandle Health District Nurse-Family Partnership 208-415-5298 Idaho North Central District Parents as Teachers 208-799-3100 Southwest District Health Nurse-Family Partnership 208-455-5300 Central District Health Department Parents as Teachers 208-327-8629 South Central Public Health Department Parents as Teachers 208-737-5966 Southeastern Idaho Public Health Parents as Teachers 208-239-5238 Eastern Idaho Public Health Parents as Teachers 208-533-3194 Success story No1 Holly Whitworth, program manager Parents as Teachers Program, Eastern Idaho Public Health, with the program for about three years “We began visiting a family in 2015The family, especially the mother, was isolatedThe home visitor, Marci, began making visits twice a month and identified that two of her children had developmental delaysThey were referred to the Infant Toddler Program and began receiving servicesThe family began to attend Parents as Teachers group meetings, and engage fully in home visitsWith support, the family began to advocate for their children’s needs and even communicate their own needsWhen we began seeing the family, they received Medicaid supportThe father recently obtained a full-time position with benefits and no longer needs MedicaidThe mother is serving on our program’s advisory board.” Success story No2 Summer Gese, home visitor Parents as Teachers Program, Idaho North Central Public Health District, with the program for about three years“I started working with a mother at the beginning of her pregnancyShe had heard of our program through WICAt our first home visit, the mother opened up and shared that she was a recovering addictAs soon as she discovered she was pregnant, she quit everything right awayShe desperately wanted to be a great mom, but had no idea what to doWe met monthly during her pregnancy and talked a lot about preparing for birth and bringing baby homeWe focused on stress management, safe sleep for baby, what to expect during pregnancy and birthThe mother stayed sober and would tell me every visit how proud she was to be able to quit everything and keep her baby safeWhen the baby was 5 days old, the mother called me crying and overwhelmed and wanted me to visit as soon as possibleI saw her the next day and we discussed baby blues and the importance of having a support systemI saw her weekly for the next six weeks until the mother announced that she felt comfortable with motherhood and established a routine with her baby and could reduce the number of visitsHer baby is now 18 months old and is on track developmentallyHer husband has created a binder to keep all of the handouts I bring and they always look forward the visitsIf they ever have concerns, the mother texts or calls meShe has told me numerous times that she does not know what she would have done without me or the program.” Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare lazyLoadingModule("inlinegallery-template-187612743", "inlinegallery-target-187612743", "gallery",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "undefined", 187612743 , 1 ); 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