CFRP and HHSC Host Successful First Texas Home Visiting Conference

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Earlier this month, CFRP and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) hosted the first annual Texas Home Visiting Conference at The University of Texas at Austin. The two-day event brought together state program leadership, state contractors, community contractors, and home visiting program coordinators of participating communities. The aim of the conference was to bring all parties together to discuss and share information about the implementation of the Texas Home Visiting (THV) program in the seven participating communities.

The agenda included presentations from HHSC staff, community representatives, and state partners.  As the state evaluator for the program, CFRP also participated at the conference. CFRP’s Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, presented the lessons learned from the first year of THV program implementation and also discussed the next steps for collecting federally required data in each of the THV communities. CFRP’s Snapshot Involving Fathers in Home Visiting Programs: Lessons from the Dads, which summarizes CFRP’s focus group discussions with fathers in the THV communities about the fathers’ beliefs and attitudes regarding father engagement in the home visiting programs, was distributed at the conference.

Attendees enjoyed a nice announcement during the conference. HHSC learned during the event that Texas had received MIECHV federal grant funding to implement THV into two new communities, Bexar County and Wichita County, and to expand home visiting services in some of the current THV communities.

Congratulations to HHSC and the THV communities! Dr. Osborne and the THV evaluation team looks forward to working with the new communities in the coming year.