Healthy Babies Expansion Evaluation
Completed in June 2003, this three year grant from the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) evaluated the expanded Healthy Babies, Kids, and Families (HBFK) Healthy Babies One-to-Five initiative. This expanded initiative combined two previously separate programs reaching out to children between the ages of one and five, at risk for adverse medical outcomes due to social, family and environmental characteristics.
The goal of the VDH initiative was to:
- Integrate, expand and strengthen current services to include all Medicaid covered children 0-5 through the development of consistent intervention protocols related to home visiting services.
- Develop additional intervention options to complement or supplant home visiting services.
- Training health and child care providers to better identify children eligible for services and to better communicate with parents using the Touchpoints approach.
- Develop and disseminate a comprehensive parent education booklet and other parent education materials.
VCHIP conducted the evaluation of this initiative by assessing the degree to which Vermont achieved its stated objectives using process evaluation to assess the implementation of the program and outcome measures to assess the overall effectiveness of the expanded program and its specific objectives.
Judy Shaw, EdD, MPH, RN