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Pilot Projects

HARC has funded four precision home visiting pilot projects through a competitive application process. All projects incorporate at least one of the hallmarks of precision home visiting research and seek to engage program partners as collaborators in the research process.

Awardees, descriptions of their projects and final results are found below.

Development of a Trauma-Informed Approach in Home Visiting
Robert Ammerman, PhD and Ted Folger, PhD, Every Child Succeeds

The study developed an enhancement to home visiting for mothers who have experienced childhood trauma that targets decreasing depressive symptoms and increasing social support.

Improving Hispanic Children’s Early Language Environments through Nurse Home Visiting
Melissa Baralt, PhD, Florida International University

This project used Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methods to improve Language Nutrition outcomes for low-income Hispanic children who are enrolled in South Florida’s Nurse Family Partnership home visitation program.

Engagement and Retention of Fathers in Home Visiting in MA: Lessons from the Field
Rebecca Fauth, PhD and Jessica Goldberg, PhD, Tufts University

This project examined father engagement in home visiting to understand the nature and underlying reasons for variation in fathers’ take-up of home visiting within different communities across Massachusetts.

A Pilot Study of a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial Aimed at Reducing Depressive Symptoms among Home Visiting Clients
Darius Tandon, PhD, Northwestern University

This study examined the use of a sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART) design for testing the effects of a perinatal depression preventive intervention—Mothers and Babies (MB)—when delivered to pregnant women and new mothers enrolled in home visiting (HV).