Model effectiveness research report last updated: 2015
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model meets 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, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.
Healthy Beginnings was a demonstration project in Sydney, Australia, implemented from 2007 to 2010. Healthy Beginnings targeted first-time mothers of infants from socially and economically disadvantaged areas. The model aimed to prevent childhood obesity by improving children’s and families’ eating patterns, reducing sedentary activities such as television viewing, and increasing physical activity. In Healthy Beginnings, nurse home visitors addressed the following topics during each visit: infant nutrition and physical activity, family nutrition and physical activity, and family social support. The home visitors offered referrals if the family had questions or concerns unrelated to the discussion topics. Telephone support was available between visits. Families received eight home visits from the prenatal period through age 24 months. Each visit ranged in length from 45 to 90 minutes. For more information, please read the Model Overview.