Healthy Beginnings Meets HHS Criteria

Last updated: June 2015

In Brief

Evidence of Model Effectiveness

This model meets the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model’ for the general population, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.

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Model Description

Healthy Beginnings was a demonstration project in Sydney, Australia, implemented from 2007 to 2010. Healthy Beginnings targeted first-time mothers of infants from socially and economically disadvantaged areas. The model aimed to prevent childhood obesity by improving children’s and families’ eating patterns, reducing sedentary activities such as television viewing, and increasing physical activity. In Healthy Beginnings, nurse home visitors addressed the following topics during each visit: infant nutrition and physical activity, family nutrition and physical activity, and family social support. The home visitors offered referrals if the family had questions or concerns unrelated to the discussion topics. Telephone support was available between visits. Families received eight home visits from the prenatal period through age 24 months. Each visit ranged in length from 45 to 90 minutes. For more information, please read the Model Overview.

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Extent of Evidence

Results of Research and Review
Number of studies
Eligible for review
Rated high
Rated moderate
Rated low
Additional source1

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?
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?
Favorable impacts on full sample?
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?1
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?1

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

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