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:
- 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