The Tribal Home Visiting Program is part of the Administration for Children & Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It’s designed to develop and strengthen tribal capacity to support and promote the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) families; expand the evidence-base around home visiting in tribal communities; and support and strengthen cooperation and linkages between programs that service AIAN children and their families.
There are also states that are involved with these efforts.
The two Tribal MIECHV grants in Oregon happen to be in the same communities that the state MIECHV program funds. As such, the three agencies work to coordinate the delivery of home visiting to eligible families in the community to assure that there is not duplication and that Tribal families are able to engage in the MIECHV program of their choosing.
In Washington, in the last MIECHV Discretionary Grant Information System report, 7.7 percent of primary caregivers identified themselves as American Indian/Alaska Native. This percentage is greater than the AIAN percentage of the Washington population. With MIECHV, Washington funds one Tribal Organization (United Indians of All Tribes) and the state funds several other programs that work very closely with Tribes. Washington also has three tribal MIECHV grantees.
The Family Foundations Comprehensive Home Visiting Program in Wisconsin is supported by a blending of: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, state General Purpose Revenue (state tax dollars), and MIECHV. It includes funding for evidence-based home visiting programs in five of the 11 federally recognized tribes in the state. Wisconsin contracts with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa Indians for their Mino Maajisewin (Ojibwe for A Good Beginning) Healthy Families America program. They are expected to serve 45 families in 2017, and they have been leaders in the state continuous quality improvement efforts as well as initiatives around more effectively supporting families that have experienced trauma and mothers that are at risk for maternal depression. State MIECHV funds also support a multi-site project with the Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council, a consortium of federally recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. GLITC subcontracts with four tribes—Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Sokaogon Chippewa Community, St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians—and they will serve approximately 85 families during 2017.