NH DHHS Receives Grant to Support Home Visiting Programs to Help Parents and Children

Concord, NH - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding

the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division

of Public Health Services (DPHS), Maternal and Child Health Section a new

competitive $1.4 million grant to help at-risk families voluntarily receive

home visits from nurses and social workers to improve maternal and child

health as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting

(MIECHV) Program. The funding will help families with such issues as child

development, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, and child abuse


This award will expand the current Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood

Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program at DPHS and allow more families to

participate in home visiting programs.

This new grant will help New Hampshire parents gain the skills they need to

succeed in promoting healthy development in their children, and will

connect families to the kinds of assistance that can make a real difference

in a child’s health, development, and ability to learn.

“Raising children is a difficult job” said Dr. José Montero, Director,

Division of Public Health Services, “and expanding this program to help

more families participate in home visiting programs that have been proven

to help improve maternal and child health, reduce child maltreatment,

increase parental employment, and improve the rate at which children reach

developmental milestones will be a huge step forward in making sure

children in New Hampshire get off to a strong and healthy start.”

High quality, early childhood development programs have consistently been

found to provide return in savings for every dollar invested. Using tools

and methods shown to work in promoting positive parenting skills and health

today sows the seeds for safer, healthier children who are better prepared

to learn tomorrow.

For more information on the Division of Public Health Services, Maternal

and Child Health Services, Home Visiting Program, please visit


For more information about the U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services’ MIECHV Program, go to http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting/