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Implementing Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW)®

Prerequisites for Implementation

Last Updated

April 2011


Type of Implementing Agency

Local MIHOW programs are sponsored by child care centers, primary health care facilities, or non-profit community agencies.


Staffing Requirements

MIHOW home visitors (referred to as outreach workers) are trained community members, and staffing arrangements are tailored to the needs of individual sites. Some sites employ full-time outreach workers, and other sites use part-time workers.


Staff Education and Experience

Outreach workers must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.


Supervision Requirements

Outreach workers participate in supervision and training during monthly sessions with supervisors. Supervision is also provided during quarterly regional gatherings and the MIHOW annual conference.


Staff Ratio Requirements

Caseload is determined by each agency and is based on average travel time to home visits, agency requirements, and additional staff responsibilities. On average, the caseload for part-time outreach workers is 20 to 25 families and for full-time workers is 40 families.


Data Systems/Technology Requirements

Vanderbilt University is part of the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) Consortium, a consortium of 214 active institutional partners. The REDCap consortium supports a secure web application designed to support data capture for research studies. MIHOW utilizes REDCap to provide a secure, web-based database for all sites to use to collect data.



The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2011. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the MIHOW Program at the Center for Community Health Solutions, Vanderbilt University on March 30, 2011. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.