Green, B. L., Tarte, J. M., Harrison, P. M., Nygren, M., & Sanders, M. B. (2014). Results from a randomized trial of the Healthy Families Oregon accredited statewide program: Early program impacts on parenting. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 288-298.
Mothers selected to participate in the study were screened by program staff using standard Healthy Families Oregon Program (HFO) screening procedures. Mothers were study-eligible if they were first-time mothers, were pregnant or had an infant up to 3 months old, and did not have medically fragile infants or children at risk of removal from the home, and if either the mother or the family was at risk according to HFO's screener assessment (the New Baby Questionnaire). Eligible, interested, and consenting mothers were randomly assigned in this randomized controlled trial to an HFO program or a control group (n=2,664). Researchers collected survey data at the children's first birthday on a random subsample of 1,604 participants (802 HFO, 802 control) out of the initially randomized 2,664 mothers. Mothers with survey data (803 in total) were analyzed, and their characteristics are as follows: 62 percent were white, 24 percent were Hispanic, and 14 percent were another race/ethnicity. Over one-fourth (28 percent) had less than a high school diploma or GED, and nearly one third (32 percent) reported that both parents were unemployed. One-fifth (20 percent) were depressed.
This study included seven Healthy Families Oregon sites, four of which were primarily urban and three of which were rural.
The Healthy Families Oregon program enrolled first-time parents with two or more risk factors according to the program screener, the New Baby Questionnaire. Families enrolled during pregnancy or up to 90 days after the child's birth and received up to 3 years of home visiting services.
Families assigned to the comparison condition received a standard resource and referral packet.
The grant (#90CA1782) was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau.
Clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: None found. Study registration was assessed by HomVEE beginning with the 2014 review.