The Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) was created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The MIECHV program as a Healthy Families America (HFA) affiliate utilizes its evidence-based model.
Families can enroll prenatally and until the child is 3-months of age. After enrollment, families may remain enrolled until the child is 5-years of age. MIECHV provides intensive home visitation services to new and expectant families to strengthen the parent/child relationship, encourage healthy child growth and development. To nurture parents in their role as the child’s first teacher and prevent child abuse and neglect.
The MIECHV program seeks to:
- Improve maternal and newborn health
- Boost understanding of child development and milestones and parenting concerns
- Home safety to prevent child injuries, abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and emergency department visits
- Improve school readiness and achievement
- Improve family economic self-sufficiency; budgeting, financial issues, continued education, relationships, and/or employment
- Assists with coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports
MIECHV is a voluntary program and free of charge with Spanish and English-speaking workers. For families who reside in Wapello or Appanoose Counties.