Enhancing the Home Visiting Workforce Through Partnering With Post-Secondary Institutions




Mitzi Fears and Ca’Sandra Phillips

Brief Type



  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)


The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program received an Innovation Grant to create the first multi-tiered model for professional development growth of the MIECHV workforce. One key priority area of the model included improving the skills of the current workforce by developing a partnership with technical schools and colleges in areas surrounding MIECHV Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs). This was executed by contacting the Office of Career Development and/or the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program of identified schools and requesting to speak to staff and/or students about the career of home visiting. The outcome resulted in speaking to over 250 students, staff and educators at 61 colleges and technical schools about the field of home visiting; many were unfamiliar with the field. Additionally, the DPH MIECHV program was able to collaborate internally with the DPH University Relations program to create opportunities for students to intern at MIECHV and non-MIECHV home visiting sites. This effort not only increased interagency collaboration within DPH, but also established or expanded relationships between home visiting agencies and post-secondary institutions where none existed previously. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Interviews
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Fears, M., & Phillips, C. (2020, January 29). Enhancing the home visiting workforce through partnering with post-secondary institutions. National Home Visiting Summit. Poster session at the conference of The Ounce, Washington, DC.
Link to Poster


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