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North Carolina Baby Love Maternal Outreach Workers Program

Implementation support is not currently available for the model as reviewed.

In Brief

Last Updated

October 2012

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Evidence of Program Model Effectiveness

This program model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations.

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Program Model Description

The Maternal Outreach Worker (MOW) was designed to reduce infant mortality and morbidity by providing social support and outreach to Medicaid-eligible women and infants who typically do not receive preventative health care services. Local health agencies established specific eligibility criteria and implemented the program, which included monthly home visits to pregnant women through their child’s first birthday. Home visits were conducted by paraprofessional MOWs and generally consisted of health education, emotional support, direct services, and referrals. Local health agencies determined the specific home visiting content and MOWs created a unique plan of care for each family. For more information, please read the Program Model Overview.

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Extent of Evidence

Results of Search and ReviewNumber of Studies
Released from 1979 to 2011 5
Eligible for review 4
     Rated high 0
     Rated moderate 0
     Rated low 4
     Additional sourcesa 0

aAdditional sources overlap with another study and are not rated.

For more information, see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings.

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Summary of Findings

Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.

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Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Information Based on Comprehensive Review of All High- and Moderate-Impact Studies for this Model
High- or moderate-quality impact study? No
Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in…
 
   at least two outcome domains within one sample
 
   OR
 
   the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?
NA
Favorable impacts on full sample? NA
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after program enrollment?a NA
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?a NA

NA = not applicable.

aThis information is reported for all program models, but the requirements for sustained findings and inclusion in a peer-reviewed journal only apply to models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials.

Please read the DHHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Program Models for more information.

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