We need to increase education efforts during Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month (10/21/2017) - Kern County lost 117 children in 2016. Too many of these deaths were tragedies that may have been prevented. No matter the circumstance, precious lives were taken from our community too soon. Each child represents immense pain and loss for many family members, friends and neighbors.
Congressional Inaction Threatens At-Risk Youth (10/21/2017) - Teague spoke specifically to programs funded through MIECHV, which pays for low-income, new parents to be screened and arrange for voluntary in-home visits after the birth of their children.
News & Observer: Funding deadline looms for program that matches nurses and new mothers (10/2/2017) - Our state has access to a life-changing program called the Nurse-Family Partnership, which is a free community health program for vulnerable, low-income mothers pregnant with their first child. Nurse-Family Partnership connects mothers in communities across North Carolina with local maternal and child health nurses, who offer support for healthy pregnancies, effective parenting and a strong start in infancy.
Southern California NPR: Home visits for rural parents could be slashed if law expires (10/2/2017) - One of the items on Congress' long to-do list of things to accomplish before the fiscal year ends is reauthorizing federal funding for home visitation programs that support parents and infants. The law supporting the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is set to expire Sept. 30.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: CHIP, other federal safety net programs went over a cliff this weekend (10/2/2017) - Because Congress failed to act in time, multiple safety net funding programs will head over a fiscal cliff this weekend, including those that provide for children’s health care, rural hospitals, and Medicaid and uninsured patients. But efforts in the House are expected to begin next week that congressional staffers say they hope will be approved quickly enough to prevent any long-term financial problems for those who depend on the programs.
Native Voices Calling: Support for MIECHV in Tribal Communities (9/16/2017) - Unless Congress steps in, funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program is set to expire at the end of the month. The program provides resources for new families who can benefit from guidance in the first few weeks of parenthood. This interview discusses organizations that depend on this money to provide what they say are vital services for Native Nations.
Wall Street Journal: Help For New Moms and Their Babies Could be at Risk (9/1/2017) - In New York, where the Nurse-Family Partnership is one of the main providers of such services statewide, federal money makes up about 16% of its roughly $25 million annual budget, with remainder coming from state, local and private funds.
NPR: Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children (8/26/2017) - The federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program now awards $400 million in annual grants to help new families with young children and couples who are expecting.
Guest column: Support endangered home visiting program for new mothers (8/26/2017) - MIECHV’s funding in Oregon is directed by the state, which analyzed our local needs to ensure they were being met. And, as it did for me, home visiting helps parents achieve their educational and career goals, putting them on a path of self-sufficiency.
The Hill: The bipartisan case for reauthorizing home visiting program (8/14/2017) - Christine Todd Whitman and Brad Henry serve as Senior Policy Advisors to Council for a Strong America. Governor Whitman was Governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001, and Governor Henry was Governor of Oklahoma from 2003 to 2011. This op-ed expresses their support for MIECHV reauthorization.