The Early Intervention Partnerships Programs (EIPP) is a home visiting program that provides services in communities with some of the state's highest rates of infant mortality and morbidity. The purpose of the EIPP is the early identification of maternal and infant risk and linkage of families to services to prevent or reduce poor health and/or developmental outcomes. Coordinated by an existing Early Intervention program, EIPP serves families during the perinatal period, offering the necessary supports to promote maternal health and perinatal outcomes, and optimal infant growth and development through the first year of life.
Using a maternal child health (MCH) team led by a maternal child health nurse, EIPP seeks to:
- improve access and utilization of health care services;
- improve nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding initiation and duration rates;
- ensure safe and healthy social, emotional and physical environments; and
- strengthen the local perinatal and early childhood systems through collaboration with community entities and active engagement of families.
At scheduled intervals in the most appropriate natural environment, the MCH Team provides the following core services:
- a Comprehensive Health Assessment (CHA) of pregnant women, mothers, infants and their families;
- brief intervention, health education and risk reduction counseling; and,
- connections with appropriate health care and human services and resources, as indicated by the assessment and family choice.
EIPP is designed to provide a flexible approach to home based service delivery with the development and implementation of the Family Care Plan (FCP) as the key to each family's involvement in the program.