The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has awarded nearly $7 Million in federal grant funding to 21 Ohio organizations providing evidence-based home visiting services in 27 counties. These services support women during pregnancy and parents with young children who are at risk for poor birth or developmental outcomes.
The funding received from the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, serves as a key strategy to target communities with high rates of infant mortality, poor birth and child development outcomes, high occurrences of teen pregnancy, and families living in poverty.
Ohio’s home visiting program, called Help Me Grow, is administered by ODH and services are provided through a statewide network of local implementing agencies. Social workers, nurses or other early childhood professionals meet regularly with at-risk pregnant women and their families in the familiar surroundings of their home to provide the support, education and resources needed to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.