WWHV073815

Easterbrooks, M. A., Fauth, R. C., Menon, M., Stargel, L. E., & Kotake, C. (n.d.). The Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation Phase 2 (MHFE-2): Time 6 summary report. Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research, Tufts University.

Rating
Used in Implementation Reports
Off
Study Participants

The program enrolled participants during pregnancy or as new parents and they were eligible if they were English- or Spanish-speaking females, at least 16 years old, and had not previously received the home visiting program services. Recruitment ended in 2008 and 2009. This study reported follow-up results at 8 years after enrollment, when children were 7.5 years old on average. Maternal age at enrollment was 18.7 years on average. The full study sample was 36 percent Hispanic; 35 percent White, non-Hispanic; and 23 percent Black, non-Hispanic. Of sample members at the time of enrollment, 42 percent had a high school diploma or GED, 25 percent were currently employed, 18 percent had received state cash assistance, and 16 percent had received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Setting

Massachusetts

Home Visiting Services

Healthy Families Massachusetts offers its program to new parents from pregnancy through when the child turns 3 years old. The program offers in-home visits and health screenings, screenings for developmental milestones, and referrals for additional supportive services. The goals of Healthy Families Massachusetts include child abuse prevention; healthy childhood growth and development; and support for parents to promote health, well-being, education attainment, and job and life skills. An additional goal of the program is to promote mothers ability to navigate the preschool and elementary school systems as their children grow.

Comparison Conditions

The comparison condition received only referrals and information.

Staff Characteristics and Training

Not described.

Author Affiliation

The authors are affiliated with Tufts University and the study was conducted by the Children's Trust. The authors are not affiliated with the developer or distributer of Healthy Families America.

Funding Sources

Children's Trust Massachusetts and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program (grant no. X10MC29474).

Study Reg

Clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT01926223. Study registration was assessed by HomVEE beginning with the 2014 review.

Attrition
High
Reassignment
None
Citation short

Easterbrooks, M. A., Fauth, R. C., Menon, M., Stargel, L. E., & Kotake, C. (n.d.). The Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation Phase 2 (MHFE-2): Time 6 summary report. Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research, Tufts University._x000D_

Confounding Factors
None
Baseline Equivalence
Established on race/ethnicity and SES; outcomes not feasible to assess at baseline
Screening Decision
Passes screens