Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW)®
Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2018
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model does not meet 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 or for tribal populations because the findings from high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model do not meet all required criteria.
The Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) Program targets underserved communities and primarily serves low-income, stressed, and isolated families with children from birth to age 3. The model is designed to improve child and maternal health, increase use of linkages and referrals, and build positive parenting skills. MIHOW employs parents from the local community as home visitors and role models who educate families about nutrition, health, children’s development, and positive parenting practices. The home visitors also provide links to medical and social services. For more information, please read the Model Overview.