Partners in Community Outreach is a coalition of research-based In-Home Family Education programs operating in West Virginia, using the Healthy Families America, Maternal Infant Health Outreach Workers (MIHOW) and Parents as Teachers models. Currently, over 120 In-Home Family Educators in 22 Partners In Community Outreach-affiliated programs are serving over 1,000 families in 45 counties in West Virginia. The coalition's goal is to create a statewide system of In-Home Family Education that reaches at least twenty percent of families who are expecting a child or have children under age three. In expectation of reaching this goal, Partners in Community Outreach is also working to develop the infrastructure needed to assure quality and accountability in a statewide system.
Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. The HFA model, developed in 1992 by Prevent Child Abuse America, is based upon 12 Critical Elements derived from more than 30 years of research to ensure programs are effective in working with families. In West Virginia, Healthy Families America is available in Cabell, Mason, Wayne, Logan, Wyoming and parts of Lincoln Counties through Mountain State Healthy Families.
Maternal Infant Health Outreach Workers (MIHOW)
Maternal Infant Health Outreach Workers Program is a parent-to-parent intervention that targets families from pregnancy through the child’s third year of life. The program employs and trains parents to serve families in their own communities to encourage and support healthy lifestyles, positive parenting practices, and to help families understand and promote healthy child development. In West Virginia, the MIHOW program is available in Fayette, Mingo, Monongalia, Ohio and parts of Greenbrier, Raleigh, and Summers Counties.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is the overarching program philosophy of providing parents with child development knowledge and parenting support. The Parents as Teachers National Center drives that philosophy through four components (personal visits, group connections, screening and resource network) and three key areas of emphasis (parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being). In West Virginia, PAT is available in Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kanawha, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood Counties.