A Qualitative Assessment of Home Visitors’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in Delivering Prenatal Physical Activity Curriculum Modules




Angela M. Dyer, Shay M. Daily, Danielle M. Davidov, Sara Anderson, Peter R. Giacobbi Jr., Christa Lilly, Ryan E. Sommerkorn, and Christiaan G. Abildso

Brief Type

Journal Publication


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Different early childhood home visitation program models include prenatal physical activity (PA) modules within their curricula. This study’s intent was to examine home visitors’ knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) in delivering these modules, by conducting three focus groups and one interview with home visitors, “Outreach Workers” (OWs), and five interviews with Site Leaders from the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) home visitation program. Findings showed: (1) OWs’ depth of knowledge on prenatal PA information and the modules varied; (2) over half the OWs discussed implementing PA, rapport building, communication, adaptability, and/or problem-solving skills; (3) over half the OWs felt comfortable delivering the modules; and (4) OWs’ KSAs were influenced by their life experiences and by their clients either directly or indirectly. These findings suggest prenatal PA is an important aspect of the MIHOW program and that OWs’ KSAs could be enhanced through a prenatal PA focused competency and trainings. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Focus groups
  • Interviews



For More Information

Dyer, A. M., Daily, S. M., Davidov, D. M., Anderson, S., Giacobbi Jr, P. R., Lilly, C., Sommerkorn, R. E., & Abildso, C. G. (2020). A qualitative assessment of home visitors’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in delivering prenatal physical activity curriculum modules. Children and Youth Services Review116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105228
Author Contact Information:
Angela M. Dyer


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