The Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) was created by a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. MIECHV provides intensive home-visitation services to new and expectant families to strengthen the parent child relationship, encouraged healthy child growth and development and nurture parents in their role as the child’s first teacher and prevent child abuse and neglect.
The MIECHV program seeks to:
- Improved maternal and newborn health;
- Prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency department visits;
- Improvement in school readiness and achievement;
- Reduction in crime or domestic violence;
- Improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and
- Improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
The MIECHV program utilizes the Healthy Families America (HFA) evidence-based model. MIECHV is a voluntary program for prenatal women or mothers with newborns who reside in Wapello or Appanoose Counties.