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October 28, 2014 Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

In attendance:

Board Members: Sonya Satterlund, Sharon Rumber, Sandra Haskett, Colleen Wilburn,On the phone: Loan Vo, Carolyn Finney

UMBC MIECHV Staff: Carlo DiClemente, Lyn Dahlquist, June Sutherland, Charissa Cheah, Rebecca Schacht, Robin Barry, David Schultz, Elisabeth Groth


Dr. DiClemente called the meeting to order at approximately 2:10 p.m. He then made introductory remarks and asked the Advisory Board members and meeting participants to introduce themselves.

Suggestions for additional Board Members:

  • All models represented would be ideal—add HIPPY, PAT, EHS
  • Need for home visitors on advisory board

Purpose of competitive grant: to increase the use, availability, and impact of home visiting in communities

  • Desire to be sustainable in the long-term

Purpose of Home Visiting Training Certificate Program: interact with and support program specific trainings

  • Some training to be potentially rolled out in Spring, 2015
  • Potential for some trainings to be online
  • Training will be free for now but potentially there will be costs in future to sustain the program after grants end
  • Need to look into translating training into other languages

Activities accomplished to date:

  • Conducting 4-5 focus groups to get a good idea of the HV experience, training, etc.
  • Reviewing literature and examining other similar programs to see what they do and how they interact with local programs to ensure we are using best practices

Feedback on 6 training areas:

  • Communication
    • Will probably be first training rolled out
  • Parenting and child development
    • Discipline practices: often a difficult area; behavior management might be better term to use
  • Healthy partner/family relationships
    • Challenge in getting families to recognize domestic violence
    • Challenge of involving fathers; only around 25% of cases have a male partner around and it is hard to get him involved and to keep him involved
  • Mental Health
    • Disconnect between curriculums/trainings and how mental health affects parent/child development.
    • Home visitors often have to deal with immediate crises.
    • Home visitors need different expectations for parents with MH issues. (i.e. having a short-term goal plan, focus on one topic instead of 50).
    • Current program access to mental health consultants:
      • Some agencies do have someone they can consult with but not a professional who will go to the home.
    • Beyond giving a MH referral, making the connection is also a big challenge
  • Substance abuse
    • Need for better ideas of how certain drugs affect people and what symptoms look like.
    • Smoking is the biggest challenge. Parents think it’s not that bad compared to other harder drugs.
  • Cultural competence
    • A cross cutting topic: not just ethnicity—life experience, shared values, experience, neighborhood, etc.
    • Need to consider gay families, too
    • Think about how this affects other issues. It extends beyond a yearly training. It doesn’t need to be something that says “cultural competency” but something that informs your work with the families you serve.
    • Boundary setting: can be hard with warmer families and long-term relationships with family
  • Potential barriers and challenges to training
    • Need to ask home visitors what is practical for them to avoid causing them stress.
    • HVs need to be comfortable in trainings.
    • Would be helpful for UMBC to learn more about various curriculum
  • Conclusion/next steps:
    • Potentially hold another meeting in January to discuss the communication module