Following Baby Back Home (FBBH)
Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2020
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.
Following Baby Back Home (FBBH) serves families residing in Arkansas with medically complex, high-risk infants discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). FBBH aims to reduce morbidity and mortality rates among medically complex, high-risk infants by reducing preventable infant rehospitalizations, improving adherence to infant medical appointments and immunizations, and increasing families’ skills and self-efficacy in caring for their high-risk infants. The model consists of home visits with a registered nurse and a licensed social worker. The home visiting team provides care coordination, helps families identify local resources to meet the infant’s service needs, and provides referrals to support families’ social functioning and overall well-being. FBBH offers services immediately following the infant’s discharge from the NICU until the child's third birthday. FBBH includes two home visits per month for the first two months after enrollment, one home visit per month until the child is one year old, and one visit every other month until the child's third birthday. For more information, please read the Model Overview.