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Implementing MOM Program

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

July 2013

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Requirements for Program Certification

The demonstration and replication sites are not required to undergo certification to operate the program model.

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Pre-Service Staff Training

Home visitors receive training before each visit. See in-service training for more information.

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In-Service Staff Training

During the supervisory group meetings, home visitors receive trainings tailored to each home visit. The trainings are designed to help visitors prepare mothers for each specific well-child health care appointment. Trainings include didactic presentations, demonstrations, role-plays, and videotapes of ideal home visiting practices. Trainings emphasize enabling mothers to take action on behalf of their child. After each training, home visitors receive a manualized protocol specific to the upcoming home visit and a checklist of the activities listed in the protocol. Home visitors are also trained to administer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to screen for developmental problems and the need for early intervention services. Visitors are observed administering the ASQ and provided additional training until attaining proficiency.

Weekly supervisory group meetings also include ongoing cross-discipline training. Nurse practitioners receive ongoing training in the culture of the families and the neighborhoods, and community workers are trained to discuss health and development issues with families. Meetings reinforce the program’s aim of empowering mothers to take action on behalf of their children, rather than home visitors taking action themselves. Staff meetings also discuss system-wide issues, such as barriers to accessing services.

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Training Materials

Training materials include a procedure manual and checklists for home visitors to use during visits.

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Qualified Trainers

A licensed psychologist with experience using the ASQ for early intervention screening trains home visitors to administer the questionnaire.

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Technical Assistance

The program director provides ongoing technical assistance to ensure that all materials are available and that all staff understand and adhere to data-tracking requirements.

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Notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2013. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Radcliffe of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Dr. Schwarz of the City of Philadelphia, on June 20, 2013. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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