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New York Home Visiting


The New York State Department of Health has begun an initiative to improve maternal and child health by increasing access to evidence based home visiting programs. A critical aspect of this process is ensuring that all eligible women are being referred to available programs.

Review details below for informational and promotional materials related to the home visiting programs Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families New York.

Eligibility Criteria

Nurse-Family Partnership

  • First time mother
  • Low-income (WIC or Medicaid eligible)
  • Enrolled no later than 28 weeks (7 months) gestation
  • Live in targeted area/ county

More information at:

Healthy Families New York

  • "At-risk" pregnant or parenting families of newborns less than 3 months old
  • No age restriction on age of parents or number of pregnancies
  • Family must reside in target area

More information at:

MCH Home Visiting Toolkit

The New York State Department of Health has begun an initiative to improve maternal and child health by increasing access to evidence based home visiting programs. A critical aspect of this process is ensuring that all eligible women are being referred to available programs.

When on the site, click through the other tabs to view informational and promotional materials related to the home visiting programs Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families New York.

For additional information on other evidence based home visiting programs in New York State, visit the "Resources" found at

Recorded Webinars

Public Health Detailing: Promoting Evidence Based Home Visiting

Healthy Families New York


Nurse-Family Partnership

Evidence Based Home Visiting in New York State

Additional Resources

New York State Department of Health
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomeVEE)

Recent News

CDC’S Division of Reproductive Health Updates Webpage on Severe Maternal Morbidity

May 30, 2017 - CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health has updated the webpage on severe maternal morbidity (SMM). SMM includes unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health. It affected more than 50,000 women in the U.S. from 2013 – 2014 and has been steadily increasing in recent years.

The recent web update provides the most current information about trends in SMM in the U.S. These data can be used as benchmarks for state- or city-level analyses. This web report also provides an updated list of 21 indicators and corresponding International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes that health professionals can use to track SMM.

The consequences of the increasing SMM prevalence, in addition to the health effects for the woman, are wide-ranging and include increased medical costs and longer hospitalization stays. Tracking and understanding patterns of SMM, along with developing and carrying out interventions to improve the quality of maternal care are essential to reducing SMM.


Racial and Ethnic Trends in Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths: United States, 1995–2013

May 11, 2017 -

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Immediately after the 1994 Back-to-Sleep campaign, sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) rates decreased dramatically, but they have remained relatively stable (93.4 per 100 000 live births) since 2000. In this study, we examined trends in SUID rates and disparities by race/ethnicity since the Back-to-Sleep campaign.

METHODS: We used 1995–2013 US period-linked birth-infant death data to evaluate SUID rates per 100 000 live births by non-Hispanic white (NHW), non-Hispanic black (NHB), Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander racial/ethnic groupings. To examine racial/ethnic disparities, we calculated rate ratios with NHWs as the referent group. Unadjusted linear regression was used to evaluate trends (P < .05) in rates and rate ratios. The distribution and rates of SUID by demographic and birth characteristics were compared for 1995–1997 and 2011–2013, and ?2 tests were used to evaluate significance.

RESULTS: From 1995 to 2013, SUID rates were consistently highest for American Indian/Alaska Natives, followed by NHBs. The rate for NHBs decreased significantly, whereas the rate for NHWs also declined, but not significantly. As a result, the disparity between NHWs and NHBs narrowed slightly. The SUID rates for Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders were lower than the rates for NHWs and showed a significant decrease, resulting in an increase in their advantage over NHWs.

CONCLUSIONS: Each racial/ethnic group showed a unique trend in SUID rates since the Back-to-Sleep campaign. When implementing risk-reduction strategies, it is important to consider these trends in targeting populations for prevention and developing culturally appropriate approaches for racial/ethnic communities.

Full Article: Racial and Ethnic Trends in Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths

Dating Matters Policy

May 4, 2017 - One important component of a comprehensive approach to teen dating violence prevention is ensuring that the best available data, evidence, and practice are included in policy development, implementation, and evaluation. The Dating Matters Guide to Informing Policy provides a framework for evaluating Teen Dating Violence (TDV) and TDV-related policies and synthesizing the information to inform policy.

Dating Matters Website

Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life: An Anthem Foundation & March of Dimes Collaboration to Reduce Preterm Birth

April 2017 - One in every 10 babies born in the United States is born prematurely,1 and prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns.2  Babies born prematurely—before 37 weeks gestation—can face numerous short- and long-term health issues, including breathing problems, difficulty with feedings, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and vision and hearing impairments.3 

Following eight years of steady decline,4 the U.S. preterm birth rate rose in 2015 to 9.6 percent.5 Racial and ethnic disparities and geographical variations in these preterm births are widespread.5Black women experience higher rates of preterm births than the national average.5 The Pacific Northwest has the lowest preterm birth rate, while southern states have the highest rates. In addition to the unfair toll on babies and their families, premature birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in avoidable medical and societal costs.6

Tools You Can Use

Astho Maternal and Child Health

Before, Between & Beyond Pregnancy: Tool Kit

"Billion Dollar Bets" to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies

Breastfeeding Report Card: Progressing Toward National Breastfeeding Goals - United States, 2016

Breastfeeding Your Baby Brochure

CAPP Contacts

Childhood Development Milestones - Checklists

A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders

Community Engagement Manual

Community Engagement Matters (Now More than Ever)

The Effect of an Increased Minimum Wage on Infant Mortality and Birth Weight

The Ethics of Dental Treatment during Pregnancy

Everyday Words for Public Health Communication

The First 1000 Days: Nourishing America's Future Report

'People try and police your behaviour': The impact of surveillance on mothers and grandmothers' perceptions and experiences of infant feeding

Mixed methods evaluation of the Maternal-Newborn-Dashboard

mPINC New York 2015 - Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition & Care

NCHS Data Brief: Continued Declines in Teen Births in the US, 2015

NCHS Data Brief: Trends in Infant Mortality in the United States, 2005 - 2014

NICHQ - Opportunities for States to Improve Women's Health and Birth Outcomes through Medicaid Incentives for Effective Contraceptive Use and Postpartum Care

NYS DOH Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives

NY: Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Overview of Perinatal Mood Disorder Treatment (MCH EPI Grand Rounds August 2016)

Post Partum Depression: Signs and Resources for Help

Preconception Health: The Role of Nutrition

Communication About Weight

Implementation Recommendations (WIC)

Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy

White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women

Zika Virus: Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies


New York State Websites

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Contractors

Healthy Families NY

Home Visiting Programs in NYS

MIECHV Program Contacts by County

NYS Center of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services

NYS Department of Health - Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant Program

NYS Department of Health - Oral Health

NYS Department of Heath - Prevention Agenda 2013-2018: Promoting Healthy Women, Infants and Children Action Plan

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

NYS Office of Mental Health

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

NYS Regional Perinatal Centers

NYS Smokers' Quitline

Prevent Child Abuse New York

The Postpartum Resource Center of NY

School of Public Health at the University at Albany - Center for Public Health Continuing Education

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

National Websites

Administration for Children & Families - Resource Guide to Trauma Informed Human Services

ACOG District II LARC Webpage

Bedsider - Birth Control Support Network

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - 5 Tools for Pregnant Women, New Moms, and Women considering pregnancy

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Child Development

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Childhood Milestones

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Community Health Worker Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Health Education Materials for Women and Men

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Maternal Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Zika Virus

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps - Action Center

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps - How Healthy is Your Community?

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps - What Works for Health

Family Voices Project IMPACT Toolkit

The First 1000 Days: Nourishing America's Future

Guttmacher Institute: Good reproductive health policy starts with credible research 

Health Resources and Services Administration - Maternal and Child Health Bureau

March of Dimes

March of Dimes: Prematurity Campaign Collaborative

MCH Navigator

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

National Child & Maternal Health Education Program

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

National Institute for Child Health Quality (NICHQ)

National Institute for Child Health Quality (NICHQ) - Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN)

National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) - Pregnancy and Oral Health Webinar

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative

National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Understanding Child Trauma

United States Breastfeeding Committee

Women, Infant, and Children (WIC)