Bridge Gaps Between Systems With Professional Development




Janelle Weldin-Frisch, Julie Arnold, and Katherine Prejean

Brief Type



  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)


Home-based services provided by various public and private sectors can have significantly different outcomes than those typically expected. However, families benefit more from an array of services when providers are congruent in their approach to and regard for parents and children. Many factors contribute to differences in posture toward families which ultimately undermine the levels of success and outcomes achievement of home-based services. These factors exist in so-called “silo” systems that work in isolation from each other in mission, professional perspectives, program requirements, workforce development and funding mandates. Leaders have a unique opportunity to reach beyond systematic or organizational borders to identify potential partners and strategic ways to strengthen the outcomes and experiences of families receiving services. This workshop examines the recent partnership between two state departments in Louisiana, each providing very different home-based services, to use a training program to strengthen a shared approach to families. Each leader will identify partnership benefits with respect to their department’s goals, the terms and conditions of the partnership, training features and lessons learned. They will also present the benefits of shared professional development to their respective workforce and the anticipated impact on family outcomes. Time will be designated in this session for participants to identify additional examples of inter-departmental endeavors and consider engagement of new partners in their own setting. Resources and tools that outline considerations and criteria for strong partnerships will be provided to guide planning for post-summit follow-up. (author abstract)

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Weldin-Frisch, J., Arnold, J., & Prejean, K. (2020, January 30). Bridge gaps between systems with professional development. National Home Visiting Summit. Presentation conducted at the conference of The Ounce, Washington, DC.
Link to Presentation


  • Collaboration and Coordination
  • Home Visiting Workforce Characteristics and Workforce Development