The Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting Program (MECSH)* model expands traditional postpartum care by providing home visiting services during and after pregnancy that are designed to enhance maternal and child outcomes. Based on an ecological framework, MECSH addresses issues at the individual, family, and community levels that affect the health and well-being of families and children. The child-focused, health-promoting prevention model supports families using an individualized and strengths-based approach. The model strives to establish a sustained, trusting partnership between the family and the home visitor. To achieve the child’s and family’s potential, the home visitor supports the development of the family’s abilities to adapt and self-manage. MECSH also builds the skills of medical practitioners and the capacity of the health services system to promote positive outcomes in the broader community.
* The model was formerly known as the Miller Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting program.