Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 2: Measuring quality of effort (% of reach; satisfaction)
Service Type: Middle level: enabling services
Service Recipient: Activities directed to professionals
Goal: The MCH Program, in collaboration with the MIECHV and WIC Programs, will fund and host one meeting for home visitors focused on evidence-based strategies for providing breastfeeding education and support to new mothers.
Numerator: Percentage of MIECHV home visiting staff who received education about best-practices for supporting breastfeeding among new mothers
Denominator: Total number of MIECHV home visiting staff
Significance: According to the Centers for Disease Control's 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, 92.9% of Idaho infants are reported to have ever been breastfed, yet only 28.1% are reported to have been exclusively breastfed through 6 months. The MIECHV program currently serves pregnant women and new mothers. According to the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, other states have realized success in increasing breastfeeding duration rates in home visiting programs when home visitors are trained on best practices for supporting breastfeeding moms. Other research (Hannula et al., 2008 and Oliveira et al., 2001) shows that home visits during the postnatal period were effective for addressing mothers’ concerns about breastfeeding, providing education, linking them with community resources, and involving other family members. For FY2017, the Idaho MCH Program plans on collaborating with the MIECHV Program to fund training for home visitors, which will be facilitated by WIC staff, on breastfeeding education, how to answer mother’s questions regarding breastfeeding, how to encourage fathers to support breastfeeding, and how to link families with community resources.
Data Sources and Data Issues: The MCH leadership team and BSU evaluation team will collect the number of home visitors who participated in the training. Attendance will be based on sign-in sheets or online logins (if the training is hosted remotely).
Unit Type: Percentage, Unit Number: 100