Reports and Publications

The Tennessee Department of Health is statutorily required to provide a report to the state legislature annually about the home visiting programs administered.

The most recent report submitted can be found here:

In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform Act) required each state to conduct a needs assessment to identify communities at risk, assess the quality and capacity of existing early childhood home visiting programs and determine the State’s capacity for providing substance abuse treatment and counseling services. The Needs Assessment for Tennessee can be found here:

Daro, D. Embedding Home Visitation Programs within a System of Early Childhood Services. Chapin Hall Issue Brief, University of Chicago, September 2009.

One of the Chapin Hall issue brief papers to support policy research that benefits children, families and communities, Deborah Dare highlights the importance of implementing the federal home visiting programs within the system of early childhood services. States can use this funding as an opportunity to focus on innovative ways to establish key program components of a continuum of early intervention and utilize continuous quality improvement to assure quality.

Howard, K. and Brooks-Gunn, J. The Role of Home-Visiting Programs in Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in Preventing Child Maltreatment, The Future of Children, Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall 2009.

Kimberly Howard and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn in the Future of Children publication, Preventing Child Maltreatment, look at evaluations of nine national and international home visiting programs. They examined the programs' outcomes related to parenting and child wellbeing. Overall, the authors found little evidence that home visiting programs directly prevent child maltreatment. However, positive outcomes for the programs were found in areas of maternal parenting practices, quality of the home environment, and child development.

Johnson, K. State-based Home Visiting: Strengthening Programs through State Leadership, National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, February 2009.

Kay Johnson, with the support of the National Center for Children in Poverty, reviewed state-based home visiting programs in all 46 respondent states. As home visiting has increasingly been a strategy to improve pregnancy outcomes, parenting skills, and child health and development, the intent of the study was to inform the decisions of national and state leaders about home visiting programs to assure cost effectiveness and quality.

Olds, D., Kitzman, H. et al. Enduring Effects of Prenatal and Infancy Home Visiting by Nurses on Maternal Life Course and Government Spending, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 164, No. 5, May 2010.

David Olds and Harriet Kitzman and their collaborators reviewed the results of a randomized controlled trial among children at least 12 years of age whose families had received Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting services in Memphis, Tennessee. Findings showed the program improved maternal life course and reduced government spending among children through age 12 years.

The Case for Home Visiting. Pew Center on the States Issue Brief, May 2010.

The Pew Center partners with policy makers and advocates to promote smart investments in quality, voluntary home visiting programs. This Pew Center on the States Issue Brief highlights the effects quality home visiting programs have on improving maternal and child life course for expectant and new families.