Practice Wellness: Equipping home visitors with skills in reflective coaching, parent mediated child development, and occupational wellness to strengthen child outcomes among low-resourced families
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Deborah Johnson-Shelton

Company Information

Saavsus Inc

1500 Valley River Drive Unit 330
Eugene, OR 97401
   (541) 484-2123
Location: Single
Congr. District: 04
County: Lane

Phase I

Contract Number: 2023
Start Date: ----    Completed: 9/19/2023
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The first 3 years of a child's life are critical in setting the stage for future learning, behavior, and health. Children livingin poverty during these formative years are exposed to environments characterized by insufficient human service resourcesand greater exposure to multiple forms and frequency of adverse events, which can undermine their developmentalpotential. Home visiting has become a critical resource nation-wide for enhancing parents' competencies in strengtheningtheir children's social-emotional and school readiness development. Early Head Start (EHS) home visitor programs areintentionally positioned to enhance children's natural support systems (including parent-child relationships) and establisha long-lasting network of supports benefiting children's development and school readiness. In 2020, EHS provided4,632,050 home visits to over 160,000 infants/toddlers and their families nationally. A significant gap persists in the EHShome visitor field. There is an unmet need for training in coaching and professional reflective practice targeted to theintersection of occupational health and HV competencies. Targeted training in coaching and facilitation of reflectivepractices would strengthen HVs provision of evidence-based, parent-mediated interventions promoting healthyinfant/toddler social, emotional, and language growth. This training would also provide a needed pathway to careeradvancement, and prepare them as coaches for the EHS home visiting system. These resources do not now exist. This STTR Phase I application is designed to help close this gap. We will develop a training program in coaching andreflective practice, called Practice WellnessTM, to meet EHS's need for an engaging, effective, skill-based professionalpractice tool for HVs. Practice Wellness will draw on our expertise in home visitor and intervention research, and employa unique parallel training process to: (a) empower HVs to identify and resolve their own occupational wellness needs andexpand their competencies with coaching skills, and (b) strengthen HV parent coaching interactions with the goal ofenhancing child development outcomes. The two goals of this study are to (1) develop a prototype for Practice WellnessHV eLearning coaching and reflective practices skill training, using iterative development in consultation with a 6-memberAdvisory Board; and (2) evaluate the usability and feasibility of Practice Wellness with a user group of 12 home visitorsand 6 supervisors. If Phase I benchmarks are met, we plan to submit a Phase II application in which we will modify PracticeWellness according to feedback obtained from the Phase I Advisory Board and user group participants and evaluate theefficacy of Practice Wellness via a randomized control trial with HVs on their coaching and reflective practice knowledge,self-efficacy, practices, and parent engagement and child outcomes in under-resourced families.

Public Health Relevance Statement:
Project Narrative Early childhood is a critical time in children's development to intervene for preventing emergent health disparities in physical, psychological, social, and language development. Home visiting programs have become a critical resource for enhancing parents' competencies to strengthen the early social-emotional and language development of their children. The proposed project seeks to develop and evaluate an evidence-based training tailored to the needs of home visitors that will develop coaching skills and reflective practices capable of improving parent-mediated child development outcomes among low-resourced families.

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Phase II

Contract Number: 1R41HD114332-01
Start Date: 8/31/2024    Completed: 00/00/00
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